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Diet selection and forage quality factors affecting woody plant selection by black rhinoceros in the Great Fish River Reserve, South Africa
Diet selection of black rhinoceros and forage quality factors affecting diet selection were investigated in the Great Fish River Reserve. Plant species, number of bite marks, heights and diameters ofExpand
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Grazing into the future: Policy making for South African communal rangelands
This article reports on a symposium held at Fort Hare University in July 1998. Its objective was to assess the current state of knowledge on communal rangelands and identify issues important forExpand
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Sprout selection and performance of goats fed Acacia karroo coppices in the false thornveld of the Eastern Cape, South Africa
Acacia karroo Hayne is the dominant invading species in semi-arid savannas of South Africa and is an ecological threat of our modern era. This study investigated the preference and intake rates byExpand
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Acacia karroo responses to early dormant season defoliation and debarking by goats in a semi-arid subtropical savanna
Research was conducted to investigate responses of Acacia karroo to severe defoliation, with or without debarking, in a semi-arid, subtropical savanna. A herd of 250 goats reduced available foliageExpand
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Effects of season and breed on browse species intake rates and diet selection by goats in the False Thornveld of the Eastern Cape, South Africa
Although goats are common domestic browsers in African savannas, factors that affect their diet selection and food intake rate are poorly understood. This study used a cafeteria-style experimentalExpand
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Leaf chemistry of woody plants in relation to season, canopy retention and goat browsing in a semiarid subtropical savanna
It is assumed that the phytochemistry of browse species protects their biomass and nutrients against herbivory. In this study we were primarily interested in (i) seasonal and phenology-relatedExpand
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Secondary metabolites and nutrients of woody plants in relation to browsing intensity in African savannas
Carbon-based secondary metabolites (CBSMs) are assumed to function as defences that contribute to herbivore-avoidance strategies of woody plants. Severe browsing has been reported to reduceExpand
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The feeding height preferences of two goat breeds fed Grewia occidentalis L. (Tiliaceae) in the Eastern Cape, South Africa
Nguni goats and Boer goats, which are farmed together in the savannas of the Eastern Cape Province, depend on the same feed resources. The feeding height intake rates and preferences of one of theirExpand
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Long-term impacts of goat browsing on bush-clump dynamics in a semi-arid subtropical savanna
The effects of 16 years of continuous browsing by goats in a South African savanna at stocking rates intended for bush control were compared with plots unbrowsed for the same period of time.Expand
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Browsing intensity of herbaceous forbs across a semi-arid savanna catenal sequence
Ecological models to explain savanna heterogeneity and functioning weakly represent herbaceous forbs, which inevitably created knowledge gaps regarding the diversity and ecology of forbs. ForbsExpand
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