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Monitoring and identification of black rhinoceros Diceros bicomis in Damaraland and the compilation of a population register

M. Britz, B.C. Loutit
Koedoe | Vol 32, No 2 | a474 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v32i2.474 | © 1989 M. Britz, B.C. Loutit | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 October 1989 | Published: 21 October 1989

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M. Britz,, Namibia
B.C. Loutit,, Namibia

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Abstract

Selected Papers from the Rhinoceros Conservation Workshop, Skukuza, Kruger National Park,31 August – 4 September 1988 Identification files for black rhinoceros in Damaraland were begun in 1982. By 1986 almost every individual animal known to occur in the area was listed and documented by means of photographs and relevant data pertaining to individual animals. The maintenance of the identification files is described as are the activities of the monitoring teams. Records show that tracking on foot is the most reliable method of censusing and identifying black rhinoceros in the Damaraland area.

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Black rhinoceros, identification files, population register, Damaraland, monitoring teams, spoor size.

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