Romane H. Cristescu, Jonathan Rhodes, Céline Frére and Peter B. Banks Is restoring flora the same as restoring fauna? Lessons learned from koalas and mining rehabilitation Journal of Applied Ecology 50
In our study, flora criteria for rehabilitation success did not correlate with fauna recolonization. We also found several additional difficulties in predicting fauna recolonization based on habitat variables, such as the choice of relevant scales and the geographic specificity of relevant variables. The choice between monitoring habitat proxies or fauna will ultimately be based on weighting costs and efficiency and will depend on the fauna species. However, we argue that in general, fauna species should be directly monitored to ensure the recolonization of i) species of interest (e.g. threatened and charismatic) and ii) fauna involved in long-term resilience of ecosystems.
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