Overbrowsing of Capparis tomentosa bushes by goats in Rwenzori National Park, Uganda

Authors

  • M. B. MUSOKE

    1. Uganda Institute of Ecology, Rwenzori National Park, P.O. Box 22, Lake Katwe, Uganda
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    • *National Research Council, P.O. Box 6486, Kampala, Uganda.


Abstract

Summary

Several human settlements within or bordering the park were surveyed. Goats were present in most villages and browsed most intensely between 09.00 and 12.00 hours. Bushes were browsed during the rainy season and, by the peak of the dry season, many Capparis tomentosa bushes close to human settlements were severely over-browsed. As the browse close to the settlements decreased, especially during the dry season, the goats penetrated the park.

Résumé

Plusieurs installations humaines à l'intérieur ou au bord du parc furent suivies. II y a des chévres dans la plupart des villages, qui broutent surtout entre 9 et 12 h. Les bosquets sont broutés durant la saison des pluies et, au plus fort de la saison she, de nombreux bosquets de Capparis tomentosa proches des villages sont gravement surpaturés. Au moment où les feuillages proches des colonies humaines diminuent— spécialement durant la saison sèche—Ies chèvres pénètrent dans le parc.

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