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.
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Document Type: Research Article
Department of Anthropology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, England, UK
WWF Garamba National Park Project
Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature
Publication date: September 10, 2000
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