Assessing the impacts of domesticated versus wild ungulates on terrestrial small mammal assemblages at Telperion Nature Reserve, South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Gumbi, Bonginkosi C.
dc.contributor.author Shapiro, Julie T.
dc.contributor.author Mahlaba, Themba
dc.contributor.author McCleery, Robert
dc.contributor.author MacFadyen, Duncan
dc.contributor.author Monadjem, Ara
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-06T05:47:15Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05
dc.description.abstract Grazing by large mammals alters vegetation physiognomy, consequently changing habitat suitability for small mammal communities. We investigated the response of terrestrial small mammals to grazing by wild and domesticated ungulates at the boundary of a protected area (Telperion Nature Reserve) and surrounding cattle ranches in Mpumalanga, South Africa over two seasons. Fifteen paired grids were set on either side of the boundary fence at which small mammals were trapped in Sherman live traps placed flat on the ground. A total of 11 760 trap nights resulted in the capture of 187 animals belonging to 14 species (11 rodents, two shrews and one elephant shrew). The small mammal communities in grasslands grazed by domesticated or wild ungulates were similar in abundance, species richness, diversity and demographic parameters, likely due to the fact that vegetation structure of the two grazing systems was also similar. We used generalised linear models to show that rock and grass cover were plausible predictors of small mammal abundance in this system. Rock cover showed a positive relationship with small mammal abundance whilst grass cover showed a negative relationship. Our observations suggest that at the scale of our study and with the current stocking densities, wild and domesticated ungulates have similar impacts on the small mammal community. en_ZA
dc.description.department Mammal Research Institute en_ZA
dc.description.department Zoology and Entomology en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2019-04-06
dc.description.librarian hj2018 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship JTS received support from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship under grant no. DGE-1315138, National Geographic Young Explorer’s Grant, and a grant from The Explorer’s Club Exploration Fund – Mamont Scholars Program. en_ZA
dc.description.uri https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tafz20 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Bonginkosi C Gumbi, Julie T Shapiro, Themba Mahlaba, Robert McCleery, Duncan MacFadyen & Ara Monadjem (2018) Assessing the impacts of domesticated versus wild ungulates on terrestrial small mammal assemblages at Telperion Nature Reserve, South Africa, African Zoology, 53:1, 23-29, DOI: 10.1080/15627020.2018.1449665. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1562-7020 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2224-073X (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/15627020.2018.1449665
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/66100
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher NISC (Pty) Ltd and Informa UK Limited (trading as Taylor & Francis Group) en_ZA
dc.rights © Zoological Society of Southern Africa. This is an electronic version of an article published in African Zoology, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 23-29, 2018. doi : 10.1080/15627020.2018.1449665. African Zoology is available online at : https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tafz20. en_ZA
dc.subject Grazing en_ZA
dc.subject Land use en_ZA
dc.subject Terrestrial small mammals en_ZA
dc.subject Telperion Nature Reserve, South Africa en_ZA
dc.title Assessing the impacts of domesticated versus wild ungulates on terrestrial small mammal assemblages at Telperion Nature Reserve, South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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