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Individual study: Refaunation and the reinstatement of the seed‐dispersal function in Gorongosa National Park

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Correia M., Timóteo S., Rodríguez‐Echeverría S., Mazars‐Simon A. & Heleno R. (2017) Refaunation and the reinstatement of the seed‐dispersal function in Gorongosa National Park. Conservation Biology, 31, 76-85

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Build fences around protected areas Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A paired sites study in 2014 in a savanna reserve in Sofala, Mozambique (Correia et al. 2017) found that inside a fenced sanctuary there were more mammal scats than outside the sanctuary. More mammal scats were collected inside the fenced sanctuary (268 scats) than outside of it (207 scats). Scats were produced by 24 species, including nine antelope species, at least three carnivores, two primates, blue wildebeest Connochaetes taurinus, zebra Equus quagga, porcupine Hystrix africaeaustralis, scrub hare Lepus saxatilis, warthog Phacochoerus africanus, bushpig Potamochoerus larvatus and African buffalo Syncerus caffer. In June–August 2014, mammal scats were collected along ten 5 km × 5-m transects in Gorongosa National Park. Five transects, >1 km apart, were located inside a 62-km2 fenced wildlife sanctuary and five were located outside of it. The fence was constructed between August 2006 and September 2014. Scats were detected by two observers and the identity of species that produced the scat was determined by direct observation or based on the experience of the local rangers or field guides.

(Summarised by Ricardo Rocha)