What is it about?

The study focuses on movement of elephants and how they utilize foraging areas in Sioma Ngwezi landscape in Zambia by answering the following questions: (1) Which environmental variables and land-cover class predict the movement of elephants during the wet season in Sioma Ngwezi landscape? (2) What is the wet season suitable habitat for elephants in Sioma Ngwezi landscape? (3) What are the major wet season movement corridors for elephants in Sioma Ngwezi landscape?

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Why is it important?

The identified wet season habitats and functional corridors may help to combat elephant poaching by patrolling areas with high relative probability of elephant presence. The findings may also help abate human–elephant conflict such as crop-raiding by managing identified corridors that run into agriculture zones in the game management area.

Perspectives

Not much publication have been in Zambia especially on the movement of elephants and their effects on protected areas and food security of marginalized communities around the National Parks. We hope this paper will feel feel the gap.

Doubt Chibeya
Stockholm University

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This page is a summary of: How do African elephants utilize the landscape during wet season? A habitat connectivity analysis for Sioma Ngwezi landscape in Zambia, Ecology and Evolution, October 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.8177.
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