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Food preferences of oribi Ourebia ourebi in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park

B.K. Reilly, G.K. Theron, J. du P. Bothma
Koedoe | Vol 33, No 1 | a452 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v33i1.452 | © 1990 B.K. Reilly, G.K. Theron, J. du P. Bothma | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 1990 | Published: 20 October 1990

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B.K. Reilly, Nature and Environmental Conservation, South Africa
G.K. Theron, University of Pretoria, South Africa
J. du P. Bothma, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

During a two-year study on the ecology of oribi Ourebia ourebi (Zimmermann, 1783) in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, plant species fed on by oribi were noted. The oribi fed on a total of 22 plant species. Feeding preference categories were assigned according to the degree of use of different plant species, based on direct observation and on a preference rating. The oribi in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park showed a seasonal variation in feeding preferences, utilising several species of forbs primarily during the summer and a marked dif-ference between per cent frequency utilisation of plant species and actual preference rating according to availability of species and for certain plant parts, e.g. for Sporobolus centrifugus.

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Golden Gate Highlands National Park, oribi, Ourebia ourebi, feeding preferences.

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