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Dietary preference, foliage availability and occurrence for the Rothschild’s giraffe (Giraffe camelopardalis rothschildii) in Soysambu Conservancy in relation to human activities

The concluded bush thinning activity, change in seasonality and habitat destruction, by both humans and the giraffes themselves, has impacted on the productivity of palatable food. However, the extent hasn’t been established. This study aimed to establish the extent to which the foliage has been affected by the bush thinning and the giraffe’s destruction of the habitat and future implications. We also hoped to assess the giraffe’s preferences in consumption and to show the movements of the giraffes within the

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Movement patterns and herd dynamics among South African giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa)

Giraffes reside in a fission–fusion social system, with sex, age proximity, kinship and home range overlap accounting for some of the variance in herd composition, while season, sex, age and time of day influence diet, home range size and distance travelled. To increase our knowledge of habitat use and fission–fusion herd dynamics, we placed GPS devices on eight adult female South African giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa) living in the Khamab Kalahari Nature Reserve (South Africa). We tested four predictions about

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