publication . Article . 1998

The winter diet of elephant in Eastern Cape Subtropical Thicket, Addo Elephant National Park

R.G.T. Paley; G.I.H. Kerley;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 1998 Journal: Koedoe: African Protected Area Conservation and Science (issn: 0075-6458, eissn: 2071-0771, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: AOSIS
Abstract
<jats:p>Direct observational methods were used to establish the winter diet of elephants in Eastern Cape Subtropical Thicket in the Addo Elephant National Park, thereby determining which plant species were most at risk from elephant herbivory. A total of 70 species were identified as food plants for elephants, with the grass Cynodon dactylon and the succulents Portulacaria afra and Platythyra haeckeliana dominating, both in terms of frequency of feeding events and volume consumed. In view of the fact that elephants represent 78 of the herbivore biomass in the park, it appears likely that elephant feeding restricts the availability of forage for other browsers. D...
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free text keywords: elephant, Addo, diet, succulents, winter., General. Including nature conservation, geographical distribution, QH1-199.5, Ecology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, National park, Cape, Subtropics, Cynodon dactylon, biology.organism_classification, biology, Forage, Thicket, Portulacaria afra, Herbivore
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publication . Article . 1998

The winter diet of elephant in Eastern Cape Subtropical Thicket, Addo Elephant National Park

R.G.T. Paley; G.I.H. Kerley;