Abstract:

Preliminary analysis of black rhino population performance during a managed population recovery and expansion programme

Peter S Goodman, Anthony J Conway, Jacques Flamand

Wildlife Conservation Solutions

KZN’s black rhino populations have been managed to achieve strategic recovery objectives for close on 10 years.  At the heart of this strategy lies our desire to adaptively manage this population for a 5% growth rate.  Since 2004 the process of range expansion has been facilitated through the WWF sponsored Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP).  During this period, large parts of the region have suffered a prolonged below average rainfall event.  There was wide variation in individual population performance from -7 to +7%.  In this presentation, we assess the performance of selected populations both founder and newly established, and attempt to explain the reasons for such wide variation in performance.

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Preliminary analysis of black rhino population performance during a managed population recovery and expansion programme

 

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