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Movement Patterns and Spatial Relationships Among African Forest Elephants

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  • Stephanie G. Schuttler,

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    • Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, U.S.A
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  • Stephen Blake,

    1. Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, New York, U.S.A
    2. Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Vogelwarte Radolfzell, Radolfzell, Germany
    3. Whitney R. Harris, World Ecology Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, One University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, U.S.A
    4. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, U.S.A
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  • Lori S. Eggert

    1. Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, U.S.A
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Corresponding author: e-mail: sgschuttler@mizzou.edu

Abstract

African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) are of immediate conservation concern, yet are understudied due to inaccessible habitats. We analyzed the home range size and overlap of six adult females. Home ranges were among the smallest for all elephant species and individuals were positioned adjacent to one another with minimal overlap.

Resumé

Les élephants de forêt d'Afrique (Loxodonta cyclotis) sont source de préccupation immédiate au niveau de la conservation, mais ne sont pas assez étudiés en raison d'habitats inaccessibles. Nous avons analysé la taille et le chevauchement du domaine vital de six femelles adultes. Les domaines vitaux étaient parmi les plus petits de toutes les espèces d'éléphants et les domaines individuels étaient adjacents les uns aux autres avec un minimum de chevauchement.

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