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The spatial correlates of wildlife distribution around Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

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Abstract:

This study explores the relationship between human activity and the distribution of wildlife populations in north-eastern Congo. It is hypothesized that the presence of agricultural communities, proximity to urban markets and conservation practices affect three characteristics of wildlife distribution: the presence (range), abundance and community structure of large mammal populations. The area studied was extensive and required the use of wildlife sampling and remote sensing techniques to generate data on wildlife distribution and the explanatory factors. The results show that wildlife protection is associated with high animal abundance. However, the presence of agricultural populations is not associated with low animal abundance.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01431160050110223

Affiliations: 1: Department of Anthropology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, England, UK 2: WWF Garamba National Park Project 3: Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature

Publication date: 2000-09-10

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