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How key habitat features influence large terrestrial carnivore movements: Waterholes and African lions in a semi-arid savanna of north-western Zimbabwe

Abstract:

Within a landscape where prey has an aggregated distribution, predators can take advantage of the spatial autocorrelation of prey density and intensify their search effort in areas of high prey density by using area-restricted search behaviour. In African arid and semi-arid savannas, large herbivores tend to aggregate around scarce water sources. We tested the hypothesis that water sources are a key determinant of habitat selection and movement patterns of large free-ranging predators in such...

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10.1007/s10980-009-9425-x

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Journal:
Landscape Ecology
Volume:
25
Issue:
3
Pages:
337-351
Publication date:
2010-03-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1572-9761
ISSN:
0921-2973
URN:
uuid:bc1457d4-69d0-48b4-831f-5e27b3d53c91
Source identifiers:
211118
Local pid:
pubs:211118

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