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Landscape preference of the white rhinoceros in the southern Kruger National Park

D.J. Pienaar, J. du P. Bothma, G.K. Theron
Koedoe | Vol 35, No 1 | a384 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v35i1.384 | © 1992 D.J. Pienaar, J. du P. Bothma, G.K. Theron | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 September 1992 | Published: 22 September 1992

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D.J. Pienaar, University of Pretoria, South Africa
J. du P. Bothma, University of Pretoria, South Africa
G.K. Theron, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The long and short-term landscape preference of white rhinoceros in the southern Kruger NationarPark are investigated. A preference index and a chi-square test are used to ascertain if white rhinoceros prefer or avoid a particular landscape. Landscape 3 (moderately undulating granitoid plains with Combretnni zeyheri woodland), is the most preferred landscape while landscapes 2 (low granitoid mountains with Combretnmapicniafnni bushveld) and4 (granitoid lowlands with Acacia ^randicornuta tree- savanna), are avoided.

Keywords

Ceratotherinm simum, white rhinoceros, landscape preference, preference index. avoidance, preference.

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