Is use of translocation for the conservation of subpopulations of oribi Ourebia ourebi (Zimmermann) effective? A case study

  • Published source details Grey-Ross R., Downs C.T. & Kirkman K. (2009) Is use of translocation for the conservation of subpopulations of oribi Ourebia ourebi (Zimmermann) effective? A case study. African Journal of Ecology, 47, 409-415.


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Release translocated mammals into fenced areas

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Release translocated mammals into fenced areas

    A study in 2004–2006 in a grassland reserve in KwaZulu‐Natal, South Africa (Grey-Ross et al. 2009) found that following translocation into a fenced reserve, most oribi Ourebia ourebi survived at least one year after release. Fourteen of 15 (93%) oribi translocated into a fenced reserve survived for at least one year post-release. The other oribi (a male) died eight months after release but was old (based on horn length and wear). Four translocated females were pregnant and were observed with calves within three months of release (number not reported). Fifteen wild oribi from three populations (11 females, four males) were translocated into a 2,000-ha private game reserve in November 2004. The reserve was surrounded by a 2.1-m-high electric fence and was patrolled daily by armed guards. The grassland was managed for oribi by mowing and burning. All of the 15 oribi were ear-tagged and radio-collared. In 2005–2006, individuals were radio-tracked weekly for two months and monthly thereafter for one year.

    (Summarised by: Ricardo Rocha)

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