Fertility suppression of some wildlife species in southern Africa a review

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dc.contributor.author Bertschinger, H.J. (Hendrik Jan)
dc.contributor.author Caldwell, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-24T07:40:01Z
dc.date.issued 2016-09-01 en
dc.description.abstract Generally speaking, southern Africa's wildlife populations in small-to-medium-sized protected game reserves (10,000 65,000 ha) reproduce at rapid rates which often lead overpopulation of certain species. Most commonly these are large predators such as lions, African wild dogs and cheetahs, and elephants. Overpopulation of large predators leads to depletion of prey species, breakouts into neighbouring communities and increased risks for disease transmission. An overabundance of elephants leads to habitat destruction which is to the detriment of not only other herbivores but also certain bird species. By far, the most acceptable and effective method of population control is contraception. Another problem, particularly in South Africa, is the large numbers of large predators that are held in zoos, wildlife sanctuaries or captive breeding facilities. Once again, there is a need for contraception to control the rate of reproduction. In this review, we discuss the methods that have been most commonly used for some wildlife species in southern Africa. The methods include hormonal control and immunocontraception. We also address the problem of androgen-related aggressive behaviours in elephant bulls and giraffe males and present solutions that have been used to ameliorate such behaviours. en_ZA
dc.description.department Production Animal Studies en
dc.description.embargo 2017-09-30
dc.description.uri http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1439-0531 en
dc.identifier.citation Bertschinger, H.J. & Caldwell, P. 2016, 'Fertility suppression of some wildlife species in southern Africa a review', Reproduction in Domestic Animals, vol. 51, no. S1, pp. 18-24. en
dc.identifier.issn 1439-0531 (online) en
dc.identifier.issn 0936-6768 (print) en
dc.identifier.other 10.1111/rda.12783 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/60600
dc.language.iso English en
dc.publisher Wiley en
dc.rights © 2016 Blackwell Verlag GmbH. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Fertility suppression of some wildlife species in southern Africa a review in Reproduction in Domestic Animals, vol. 51, no. S1, pp. 18-24, 2016. doi : 10.1111/rda.12783. The definite version is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.comjournal/10.1111/(ISSN)1439-0531. en
dc.subject Overpopulation en
dc.subject Large predators en
dc.subject Contraception en
dc.subject Hormonal control en
dc.subject Immunocontraception en
dc.subject Fertility suppression en
dc.title Fertility suppression of some wildlife species in southern Africa a review en
dc.type Postprint Article en


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