African Ungulates: A Comparative Review of Their Ethology by Walter Leuthold

By Walter Leuthold

This e-book has been written quite often nearby of untamed African ungulates, on the study middle in Tsavo East nationwide Park, V oi, Kenya. whereas this had many beneficial properties, there have been additionally a number of drawbacks. the most this type of is the truth that Voi isn't really precisely on the hub of clinical task, no matter if we limit ourselves to African ungulates. therefore, while I had felt at the start that i used to be sufficiently acquainted with ethological paintings on those animals to jot down an invaluable evaluate, it quickly turned woefully obtrusive that this assumption used to be misguided. over the past few years reviews on African ungulates have professional­ liferated and effects are being released in journals just about all over the area. My position in East Africa used to be occasionally lower than excellent with recognize to entry to the latest literature, and that i depended to a substantial quantity at the goodwill of fellow workers in giving or lending me suitable papers. i'm chuffed to document that I acquired loads of aid and cooperation during this recognize. however, i'll have over­ regarded a few very important papers inadvertently; their authors are not consider slighted through such omissions, which in simple terms replicate availability of literature to me. Readers can also detect a substantial geographical bias in want of East Africa, on the fee of alternative African areas, quite South Africa.

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The disposition and capacity for learning probably decrease as the animal gets older. These conclusions are still based on rather scant evidence only. Also, what has been said above applies primarily to selection of food plant species; how the mechanisms for selection of plant parts are transmitted from one generation to another is not yet understood. Particularly in grazers, one almost has to assume a genetic basis for the type of selection effected. Further research on these questions is needed.

13), several gazelle species (Walther, 1968), springbok (Bigalke, 1972) and even the elephant (Plate 15 in Sikes, 1971; Fig. 13 in Croze, 1974; see Fig. 5). It is perhaps somewhat surprising that more species do not make use of the ability to rise up on the hindlegs, which at least the males must all possess for mating and which domestic goats show extensively in the context of feeding. Digging, usually to obtain roots or bulbs, occurs in a number of ungulates employing different means: warthog use their elongated snout and nasal disk; elephants their tusks, sometimes also the trunk and/or forefeet; some bovids may also use their forefeet on occasions, for instance oryx (Shortridge, 1934; Root, 1972) or springbok (Shortridge, 1934; Bigalke, 1972).

This does not mean, however, that habitat requirements of closely related species are identical. The choice of the proper habitat is perhaps one of the most basic behaviorally mediated processes in an animal's life, yet we know virtually nothing about the mechanisms involved. Two main possibilities suggest themselves: a) As habitat requirements are often similar in related species, one might infer a genetic basis for the choice, i. , that individual animals possess innate responses to environmental features, which guide their habitat selection.

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