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Dynamics of the Distribution of Predeators in an Enclosed Reserve in South Africa

Title: The Dynamics of the Distribution of Predeators in an Enclosed Reserve in South Africa.
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Name(s): Engbretsen, Kirstin, author
Department of Biological Sciences
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Siyafunda Conservation Initiative conducts wildlife research on the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve, a 61,000 acre fenced reserve in South Africa. Their objective is to reintroduce native species to the reserve and reestablish the natural ecosystem that was once present across much of South Africa. The purpose of my research trip was to examine the activities of mammalian predators and create GIS-based maps that show predator distribution in the reserve. The predators I focused on were lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena. My goals were to receive training and field experience in conservation research and to provide Siyafunda with information that could help with decisions for future management. During my six weeks living in the reserve, we took daily monitoring drives to collect information, such as demographic statistics, prey selection, reproductive behavior, and habitat usage for multiple species. Using the predator information I collected in six weeks, as well as eight years of Siyafunda's previous data, I created maps to visualize predatory home ranges in the reserve. I also helped with updating the identification system for individual animals and creating family trees that help identify the bloodline of individual predators. I studied the past data to help analyze predator movement and population dynamics throughout the years. I also investigated the ways that adding or removing animals from the system affects already established populations. I am working with the director of Siyafunda, Michael Job, to develop a GIS-based distribution model that can be continuously updated. My research should assist the managers of the GMPGR as they continue to assure the health of the ecosystem, especially regarding the challenges within a closed system of overpopulation or species decline from competition.
Identifier: FSU_migr_undergradresearch-0011 (IID)
Subject(s): Biology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_undergradresearch-0011
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence.

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Engbretsen, K. (2013). The Dynamics of the Distribution of Predeators in an Enclosed Reserve in South Africa. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_undergradresearch-0011