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Chinko/Mbari drainage basin represents a conservation hotspot for Eastern Derby eland in Central Africa

  • Brandlová, Karolína Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic
  • Gloneková, Markéta Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic
  • Hejcmanová, Pavla Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic
  • Jůnková Vymyslická, Pavla Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic
  • Aebischer, Thierry Department of Biology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Hickisch, Raffael Chinko Project, Operations, Chinko, Bangui, Central African Republic
  • Mallon, David IUCN/SSC Antelope Specialist Group and Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University, Glossop, UK
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    01.06.2018
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  • African Journal of Ecology. - 2018, vol. 56, no. 2, p. 194–201
English One of the largest of antelopes, Derby eland (Taurotragus derbianus), is an important ecosystem component of African savannah. While the western subspecies is Critically Endangered, the eastern subspecies is classified as least concern. Our study presents the first investigation of population dynamics of the Derby eland in the Chinko/Mbari Drainage Basin, Central African Republic, and assesses the conservation role of this population. We analysed data from 63 camera traps installed in 2012. The number of individuals captured within a single camera event ranged from one to 41. Herds were mostly mixed by age and sex, mean group size was 5.61, larger during the dry season. Adult (AD) males constituted only 20% of solitary individuals. The overall sex ratio (M:F) was 1:1.33, while the AD sex ratio shifted to 1:1.52, reflecting selective hunting pressure. Mean density ranged from 0.04 to 0.16 individuals/km2, giving an estimated population size of 445–1,760 individuals. Chinko harbours one of the largest documented populations of Derby eland in Central Africa, making Chinko one of its potential conservation hotspots.
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Faculté des sciences et de médecine
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Département de Biologie
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  • English
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Biological sciences
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