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Title: Mammalian Diversity in Borena-Sayint National Park, South Wollo, Ethiopia
Authors: MESERET, CHANE ALEMU
Advisors: Solomon Yirga (D.Sc.)
Keywords: Borena-Sayint National Park
conservation diversity
mammals
Copyright: 5-Jul-2010
Date Added: 30-Apr-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: The study on the diversity of mammalian fauna in Borena-Sayint National Park (BSNP), South Wollo Zone, Ethiopia was conducted from December, 2009 to April, 2010. The study area was divided into riverine forest, erica woodland and open grassland habitats based on topography during the preliminary survey. The altitude of the area ranges from 1900m to 3699m asl. Representative sample sites were taken from each habitat type and surveyed using random linetransect method. Twenty three species of medium to largesized, five species of rodents and two species of shrews were identified and recorded from BSNP. Small and largesized Sherman traps and snaptraps were used to trap small mammals and morphometric measurement was taken for the species. From a total of 88 small mammals trapped caught, L.flavopunctatus had the highest relative abundance (37.7%), followed by P.harringtoni and O.typus with 17% each. S.albipes, A.dembeensis and C. flavescens had 12.5%, 8% and 5.7% of abundance, respectively. C.fumosa had the lowest relative abundance (2.3%). Mammals of the study area were classified in to common (33.4%), uncommon (23.3%), occasional (16.7%) and rare (26.7%) based on how often they were sighted or evidences recorded. They were also categorized into meat eaters (33.3%), small gleaners (16.7%), fruit and leaf eaters (13.3%) and others (36.7%). For large mammal survey, indirect methods such as feaces, hairs, spines, puge marks, sound and carcass were used in addition to the direct observations. Major threats of the Park identified during the study period were grass collection, livestock grazing and encroachment.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2007
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