Necks and networks: a preliminary study of population structure in the reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata de Winston)

This paper describes a method of scoring the neck pattern of reticulated giraffes as a simple code that can be searched for in an Excel spreadsheet. This enables several hundred individual giraffe to be recognized and repeatedly found within a database. Possible sources of error are described and quantified. Data on group size, dispersal within groups and social network patterns are described. The latter is facilitated using Ucinet 6.85 for Windows, a software package that helps to visualize and analyse such networks.

Keywords: Group size, Kenya, Reticulated giraffe, Social networks, Spacing

Authors: Bryan Shorrocks and Darren P. Croft

Journal: African Journal of Ecology

Publish DateOctober 16, 2018
Last UpdatedJanuary 27, 2021
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