A Study on Mammalian Diversity of Abaya-Hamassa Natural Vegetation, Southern Region, Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa Universty


A study on mammals was carried out from November 2003 to May 2004 in AbayaHamassa Natural Vegetation Area. A total of 33 (thirty three) species of mammals were observed. Of these, 25 were medium to large- sized mammals, 5 small rodents, 2 bat species and 1 shrew. Photographs of some large mammals and measurements and photographs of rodents were taken. For large mammals both direct and indirect observation methods were employed and all evidences were recorded including direct observation, footprints, feces, bones and horns. To capture small rodents two types of traps were set in different habitat types. The captured animals were weighed. The study established that the main threats to the mammals of the area are habitat destruction and overgrazing. With increasing human pressure in the study area, human Wildlife interactions are becoming more common and dangerous to the wildlife. Key words: Mammals, vegetation, Hamassa and Abaya



Mammals, Vegetation, Hamassa and Abaya