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The vegetation of Tshanini Game Reserve and a comparison with equivalent units in the Tembe Elephant Park in Maputaland, South Africa

J.Y. Gaugris, W.S. Matthews, M.W. van Rooyen, J. du P. Bothma
Koedoe | Vol 47, No 1 | a67 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v47i1.67 | © 2004 J.Y. Gaugris, W.S. Matthews, M.W. van Rooyen, J. du P. Bothma | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 December 2004 | Published: 18 December 2004

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J.Y. Gaugris, University of Pretoria, South Africa
W.S. Matthews, Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa
M.W. van Rooyen, University of Pretoria, South Africa
J. du P. Bothma, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The Tembe Elephant Park was proclaimed in 1983 after negotiations between the then KwaZulu Bureau of Natural Resources and the Tembe Tribal Authority in consultation with the local communities of northern Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The park boundaries were subsequently fenced and animal numbers started to increase. The fence has kept the utilisation of renewable natural resources by the local communities at bay for the past 19 years. In this period, the vegetation of the park has been utilised only by the indigenous fauna, but it has been affected by management decisions and possibly also regional environmental changes.

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Plant communities; Sand Forest; Similarity indices; Tembe Elephant Park; Tshanini Game Reserve

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