alexa Large herbivores in Upper Lupande Game Management Area, Luangwa Valley, Zambia
Agri and Aquaculture

Agri and Aquaculture

Poultry, Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences

Author(s): Dora E Ndhlovu, M Balakrishnan

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Upper Lupande Game Management area in Luangwa Valley, Zambia currently supports good populations of sixteen large and medium-sized herbivores. Impala was the most abundant constituting 34% of the total population estimates, followed by buffalo (19%), zebra (12%), wildebeest (10%), warthog (8%), elephant (6%) and hippopotamus (3%). Other species made up the remaining 8%. The survey zone contained a herbivore biomass of 10,796.18 times 103 kg. Elephants contributed 50.2% and buffalo 25.1% of the total herbivore biomass of the area. The estimated maximum sustainable off-take potential in Upper Lupande was 1110.14 times 103kg per annum. The distribution of most of the species studied suggested favourable recruitment status. There were species-specific distribution patterns and densities in the survey zone.

This article was published in African journal of Ecology and referenced in Poultry, Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences

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