*Sub-department of Veterinary Anatomy, University of Cambridge, Tennis Court Rd., Cambridge CB2 1QS.
Seasonal changes in African ungulate groups
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 196, Issue 2, pages 191–205, February 1982
How to Cite
Underwood, R. (1982), Seasonal changes in African ungulate groups. Journal of Zoology, 196: 191–205. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1982.tb03500.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 14 April 1981
Size and age/sex composition were recorded for social groups of seven ungulate species over two years. Most species showed seasonal changes which were correlated with rainfall or with their breeding cycle. Group sizes tended to increase during the rainy seasons, although some species, particularly wildebeeste, also aggregated strongly on fresh burns. For all seasonally breeding species, the average male had little contact with females during the conception peak, although female herds almost invariably had about one attendant male.