publication . Doctoral thesis . 2015

How elephants utilize a miombo-wetland ecosystem in Ugalla landscape, Western Tanzania

Kalumanga, Elikana;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för naturgeografi
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
African elephants are ‘keystone’ species with respect to biodiversity conservation in Africa since they maintain habitats that support several animal communities by changing vegetation structure through foraging and by dispersing seeds between landscapes. Elephants are also ‘flagship’ species because, given their impressive size, they can make people sympathetic and stimulate local and international concerns for their protection. Economically, elephants contribute to national revenues as tourists are willing to pay to watch them. Despite all these factors, little is known however about elephant movement and how they utilize resources, especially in miombo-wetlan...
Subjects
free text keywords: Biodiversity, Browsing, Elephants, Forage, GPS collars, Mineral elements, Miombo woodlands, Protected areas, Termite mounds, Ugalla, Water hyacinth, Woody plants abundance, Physical Geography, Naturgeografi
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