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