Data Set Citation:
When using this data, please cite the data package:
NCEAS 4100: Owen-Smith: Dynamics of large mammalian herbivores in changing environments: Alternative modeling approaches , National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis , and Kruger J.
Large herbivore censuses from Kruger Park
nceas.275.3 (https://knb.ecoinformatics.org:443/knb/metacat/nceas.275.3/nceas)
General Information:
Title:Large herbivore censuses from Kruger Park
Identifier:nceas.275
Alternate Identifier:Ecological aerial survey counts
Abstract:
The data set includes count totals subdivided among four regions across almost the entire 19,500 km2 extent of the Kruger National Park, for 11 large herbivore species, from "Ecological Aerial Surveys". Surveys were conducted annually from 1977 to 1996 using standard methods, but park coverage was complete only from 1980 to 1993. A finer regional breakdown of these data is also available, but contains some errors and omissions. There are supporting data on the age and sex structure of samples of these populations covering 1983-1996. Rainfall data are also available.
Keywords:None:
  • large mammalian herbivores (taxonomic)
None:
  • Population dynamics (theme)
None:
  • Kruger National Park (place)

Involved Parties

Data Set Creators:
Organization:NCEAS 4100: Owen-Smith: Dynamics of large mammalian herbivores in changing environments: Alternative modeling approaches
Organization:National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
Individual: Judith Kruger
Organization:South African National Parks, Scientific Services
Address:
Private Bax X402,
Skukuza, Select state or territory here. Africa
Email Address:
judithk@sanparks.org
Data Set Contacts:
Individual: Judith Kruger
Organization:South African National Parks, Scientific Services
Address:
Private Box X402,
Skukuza, Select state or territory here. Africa
Email Address:
judithk@sanparks.org
Associated Parties:
Organization:South African Environmental Observation Network
Metadata Providers:
Individual: Norman Owen-Smith
Individual: Callie Bowdish

Data Set Characteristics

Geographic Region:
Geographic Description:Kruger National Park in eastern South Africa
Bounding Coordinates:
West:  31.0000  degrees
East:  32.0000  degrees
North:  -22.5000  degrees
South:  -25.5000  degrees
Time Period:
Begin:
1977-01-01
End:
1996-12-31
Taxonomic Range:
Classification:
Rank Name:Species
Rank Value:Equus burchelli
Classification:
Rank Name:Species
Rank Value:Connochetes taurinus
Classification:
Rank Name:Species
Rank Value:Giraffa camelopardalis
Classification:
Rank Name:Species
Rank Value:Aepyceros melampus
Classification:
Rank Name:Species
Rank Value:Tragelaphus strepsiceros
Classification:
Rank Name:Species
Rank Value:Kobus ellipsiprymnus
Classification:
Rank Name:Species
Rank Value:Phacochoerus aethiopicus
Classification:
Rank Name:Species
Rank Value:Damaliscus lunatus
Classification:
Rank Name:Species
Rank Value:Hippotragus equinus
Classification:
Rank Name:Species
Rank Value:Hippotragus niger
Classification:
Rank Name:Species
Rank Value:Taurotragus oryx

Sampling, Processing and Quality Control Methods

Step by Step Procedures
Step 1:  
Description:

Aerial counts

Attempted total counts by fixed-wing aircraft flying parallel strips 800 m apart covering almost the entire park area during the dry season months May-August

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Metadata download: Ecological Metadata Language (EML) File