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Comparison of aerial counts with ground counts for large African herbivores

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Over the past 50 years, aerial counts have been widely used in African wildlife management; however, the accuracy of the resulting estimates has rarely been questioned. The reliability of aerial counts of large African herbivores was examined by comparing the results of a series of systematic aerial sample counts with those from a series of line transect foot counts conducted in the Lupande Game Management Area in Zambia.
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Keywords: Africa; aerial; bias; counts; line transect; population density; sampling; wildlife

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Wildlife Resource Monitoring Unit, Environmental Council of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Publication date: October 1, 2002

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