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Fire history and management as determinant of patch selection by foraging large mammal herbivores in western Serengeti, Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Rija, A. A.
dc.contributor.author Shombe, H. N.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-04T06:30:53Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-04T06:30:53Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-30
dc.identifier.citation Shombe N. Hassan & Alfan A. Rija (2011): Fire history and management as determinant of patch selection by foraging herbivores in western Serengeti, Tanzania, International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, DOI:10.1080/21513732.2011.617710 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21513732.2011.617710
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.suanet.ac.tz:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/2708
dc.description International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 2011;7(2):1-12 en_US
dc.description.abstract Although the use of fire as a management tool has increased during the past decades in East African savannas, there is insufficient knowledge about herbivores' utilization of areas with different fire history. We therefore examined large mammal herbivores' preference for patches that differed in fire history to test whether herbivores would non-randomly select patches according to availability. Our study area was the East African Serengeti ecosystem. Animals were recorded along transects at monthly intervals from May 2001 to April 2006, and data on the burnt and non-burnt areas along transects were extracted from existing fire maps. The prediction was tested using chi-square goodness-of-fit test, and selection ratio as a preference index for patch types. Our results show that African buffalo persistently occurred in non-burnt patches, whereas browsers (Giraffe and Kirk's dik-dik) and mixed feeders (Grant's gazelle … en_US
dc.description.sponsorship none en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.subject fire disturbance, grazing, wild ungulates, population structure en_US
dc.title Fire history and management as determinant of patch selection by foraging large mammal herbivores in western Serengeti, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.url https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21513732.2011.617710 en_US


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