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dc.contributor.authorPretorius, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorDistiller, Greg
dc.contributor.authorPhotopoulou, Theoni
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorO'Riain, Justin
dc.identifier.citationPretorius , M , Distiller , G , Photopoulou , T , Kelly , C & O'Riain , J 2021 , ' African wild dog movement ecology in a small protected area in South Africa ' , African Journal of Wildlife Research , vol. 51 , no. 1 , pp. 54-67 .
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dc.description.abstractDramatic population declines of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) led to a managed metapopulation approach for wild dog conservation in South Africa. Monitoring the survival and habitat use of packs reintroduced into protected areas (PAs) is an essential part of adaptive management and improving the health and, ultimately, the survival of the metapopulation. Our study describes the territoriality and habitat selection of a pack of wild dogs reintroduced into Manyoni Private Game Reserve (219 km2) in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Despite being introduced into a small PA, the pack only utilized half their available space (121 km2) and avoided the central areas of the reserve. Post hoc analysis of African lion (Panthera leo) localities suggested competitive avoidance was a strong factor in shaping the habitat usage of the pack; however, further research is required. Habitat selection also varied seasonally and with denning. Ultimately, we showed that spatio-temporal analyses can help identify high-risk areas within wild dog territories, such as hotspots of activity along fencelines. These analyses can then be used to increase targeted management of these areas, such as improving the maintenance of well-used fencelines, which is an important consideration for the sustained success of the metapopulation across small PAs.
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dc.subjectAfrican Wild dogsen
dc.subjectHabitat selectionen
dc.subjectCompetitive avoidanceen
dc.subjectQL Zoologyen
dc.titleAfrican wild dog movement ecology in a small protected area in South Africaen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Mathematics and Statisticsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modellingen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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