Leopard Panthera pardus density in southern Mozambique : evidence from spatially explicit capture–recapture in Xonghile Game Reserve

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dc.contributor.author Strampelli, Paolo
dc.contributor.author Andresen, Leah
dc.contributor.author Everatt, K.T. (Kristoffer)
dc.contributor.author Somers, Michael J.
dc.contributor.author Rowcliffe, J. Marcus
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-12T06:13:23Z
dc.date.issued 2018-09
dc.description.abstract Rigorous status estimates of populations of large carnivores are necessary to inform their management and help evaluate the effectiveness of conservation interventions. The African leopard Panthera pardus faces rising anthropogenic pressures across most of its contracting sub-Saharan range, but the scarcity of reliable population estimates means that management decisions often have to rely on expert opinion rather than being based on sound evidence. This is particularly true for Mozambique, where little is known about the ecology or conservation status of leopard populations as a result of prolonged armed conflict. We used camera trapping and spatially explicit capture–recapture models to provide a leopard density estimate in Xonghile Game Reserve in southern Mozambique, which is part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier conservation initiative. The estimated population density was 2.60 ± SE 0.96 leopards/100 km2. Our study provides a baseline leopard density for the region and the first empirical density estimate for southern Mozambique. Our results also suggest that current methods used to set trophy hunting quotas for leopards, both in Mozambique and elsewhere in Africa, may be leading to unsustainable quotas, which highlights the importance of robust empirical data in guiding conservation policy. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Wildlife Management en_ZA
dc.description.department Mammal Research Institute en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2019-03-07
dc.description.librarian hj2018 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The Centre for Wildlife Management, University of Pretoria, and Wilderness Trust. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=ORX en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Strampelli, P., Andresen, L., Everatt, K.T. et al. 2018, 'Leopard Panthera pardus density in southern Mozambique : evidence from spatially explicit capture–recapture in Xonghile Game Reserve', Oryx, NYP. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0030-6053 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1365-3008 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1017/S0030605318000121
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/67173
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en_ZA
dc.rights © Fauna & Flora International 2018 en_ZA
dc.subject Camera trap en_ZA
dc.subject Density estimation en_ZA
dc.subject Leopard (Panthera pardus) en_ZA
dc.subject Mozambique en_ZA
dc.subject Spatially explicit capture-recapture (SECR) en_ZA
dc.subject Trophy hunting en_ZA
dc.title Leopard Panthera pardus density in southern Mozambique : evidence from spatially explicit capture–recapture in Xonghile Game Reserve en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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