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The effect of neighbouring klipspringer on the scent–marking behaviour of a group of klipspringer in the Kruger National Park

M. Kruger, J. du P. Bothma, J.M. Kruger
Koedoe | Vol 45, No 1 | a17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v45i1.17 | © 2002 M. Kruger, J. du P. Bothma, J.M. Kruger | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 2002 | Published: 17 January 2002

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M. Kruger, University of Pretoria, South Africa
J. du P. Bothma, University of Pretoria, South Africa
J.M. Kruger, Conservation Services: South African National Parks, South Africa

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Abstract

Both the male and the female klipspringer scent-mark their ranges. A pair of pre-orbital glands below the eyes produces the scent. The secretion is a sticky, substance that is deposited on a suitable twig. Klipspringer scent marks were surveyed in a specific klipspringer range in the Kruger National Park with the use of a strip transect method. The results showed that klipspringer in the Kruger National Park scent-mark more frequently on the boundaries of their ranges and also more on those sides where there is another resident klipspringer group.

Keywords

Klipspringer; scent-marking; Behaviour; Range; Neighbours

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