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Herbivore dung deposit counts around drinking troughs in the Kruger National Park

I. Thrash, G.K. Theron, J. du P. Bothma
Koedoe | Vol 36, No 1 | a365 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v36i1.365 | © 1993 I. Thrash, G.K. Theron, J. du P. Bothma | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 September 1993 | Published: 16 September 1993

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I. Thrash, University of Pretoria, South Africa
G.K. Theron, University of Pretoria, South Africa
J. du P. Bothma, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The density of deposits of dung of indigenous large herbivores was measured in transects starting at drinking troughs in the Kruger National Park. The aim was to test whether a relationship exists between intensity of (large indigenous) herbivore use and distance from drinking troughs. There was a significant positive relationship between intensity of herbivore use and'distance from the troughs. The variance was too high, however, to detect relationships at individual transects or to warrant further modelling of the relationship. It was concluded that there was indeed a slight concentration of large herbivore rangeland use around the troughs.

Keywords

dung deposits, drinking troughs, Kruger National Park, watering points, windmills, dung, habitat use.

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