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University of South Africa (2010)

Elephant impact on the large tree component and its potential effect on selected fauna

Rode, Sieglinde Corny

Titre : Elephant impact on the large tree component and its potential effect on selected fauna

Auteur : Rode, Sieglinde Corny

Université de soutenance : University of South Africa

Grade : Master of Science (MS) in Environmental Science 2010

Résumé
The aim of the study was to determine the consequences of elephant (Loxodonta africana) impact on selected nesting sites of avian fauna and other species in the Associated Private Nature Reserves. The study also aimed at answering key questions on how the architecture of trees influence nest site suitability and what landscape features affect nest site location. Furthermore the type of impact that elephants have on specific nesting sites was determined and how this would affect the short term persistence of these trees. The facillitatory role of elephants was examined by looking at the type of impact that produces gum exudants as well as what gum is selected for by primates and whether primary branch breaking may lead to the creation of nesting sites for species such as the southern ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri).

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