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Resource utilisation of the Chacma baboon in different vegetation types in North-Eastern Mountain Sour Veld, Blyde Canyon Nature Reserve

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dc.contributor.advisor Brown, L.R, (Dr.) en
dc.contributor.advisor Henzi, S.P. (Dr.) en
dc.contributor.advisor Barret, L. (Dr.) en
dc.contributor.author Marais, A. J. (Albertus Johannes) en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T11:04:26Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T11:04:26Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-25T11:04:26Z
dc.date.submitted 2005-05-31 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/2532
dc.description.abstract The Blyde Canyon Nature reserve displays its natural beauty for most National and International visitors all over the World. The region is renowned for its high rainfall and misty weather, which enhances the natural beauty of the area. Because of the mist belt effect, the area is one of the largest commercial forestry areas in South Africa. Baboons also seek after the topography and vegetation type (Northeastern mountain sourveld) that is typical of this area and numerous baboon troops occur in this region. This combination is often the cause of conflict between baboons and humans. The need arise for these baboons to be studied and managed as a component of this very important ecosystem. The main aims of the study were firstly to identify a natural ranging baboon troop, to habituate them and gather data regarding home range sizes, troop sizes, densities and seasonal food selection and secondly to give a detailed habitat description and vegetation map of the troop's home range. The baboon activity data was collected in 15-minute intervals over a one year period on a troop at Bourke's Luck. This included all activities such as walking, social, foraging, and resting. The food parts selected as well as the species foraged on was identified. Numerous statistical methods were used on the baboon data such as; the Shapiro Wilk test, Spearman rank-order correlation, ANOVA, and the Kolmogarov-Smirnov two sample test. There was a positive correlation between home range areas and troop sizes and the baboons preferred certain habitats above others during different seasons. To give a detailed habitat description of the troop's home range, 50 sample plots was stratified-randomly distributed in order to include all the different stratification units. a TWINSPAN classification, refined by Braun-Blanquet procedures was carried out on the Bourke's Luck section that included the baboons home range. 13 Plant communities, which can be grouped into 7 major community types were identified. This study resulted in the ecological interpretation of baboon activities related to the ecological interpretation of the vegetation in the baboon troop's home range. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xii, 129 leaves) : ill. (some col.), col. maps en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Blyde Canyon Nature Reserve en
dc.subject Chacma Baboons en
dc.subject North Eastern Mountain Sourveld en
dc.subject Braun-Blanquet en
dc.subject Twinspan en
dc.subject.ddc 599.865096827 en
dc.subject.lcsh Chacma baboon -- South Africa -- Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve en
dc.subject.lcsh Chacma baboon -- Habitat -- South Africa -- Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve en
dc.subject.lcsh Chacma baboon -- Ecology -- South Africa -- Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve en
dc.subject.lcsh Chacma baboon -- Food -- South Africa -- Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve en
dc.title Resource utilisation of the Chacma baboon in different vegetation types in North-Eastern Mountain Sour Veld, Blyde Canyon Nature Reserve en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Agriculture, Animal Health and Human Ecology en
dc.description.degree M.Tech. (Nature Conservation) en


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