Mammalian fauna of indigenous forest in the Transkei region of South Africa: An overdue survey

Matt W. Hayward*, Rehema M. White, Khayalethu M. Mabandla, Pakama Bukeye

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Abstract

The Transkei region of the Eastern Cape has received little attention from mammalian ecologists. This paper describes the presence and absence of mammalian species in Afromontane, Pondoland and south coast indigenous forests using variable width transects and explores the causes of observed differences. The region maintains a rich and diverse mammalian fauna, although differences between forest types exist. Ungulates (bushbuck, Tragelaphus scriptus; common duiker, Sylvicapra grimmia; and blue duiker, Cephalophus monticola)and fossorially-foraging (bushpigs, porcupines and moles/molerats) species are relatively more abundant in south coast forests than in Afromontane or Pondoland forest types. This may be explained by the management practices of these nature reserves compared to state forest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-124
Number of pages8
JournalAfrican Journal of Wildlife Research
Volume35
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005

Keywords

  • Baseline survey
  • Conservation
  • Forest
  • Mammals
  • Ungulates

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