Evidence that vulture restaurants increase the local abundance of mammalian carnivores in South Africa

Yarnell, R.W. ORCID: 0000-0001-6584-7374, Phipps, W.L., Dell, S., MacTavish, L.M. and Scott, D.M., 2014. Evidence that vulture restaurants increase the local abundance of mammalian carnivores in South Africa. African Journal of Ecology. ISSN 1365-2028

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Abstract

Vulture restaurants are used worldwide as a conservation tool to provide threatened vultures with a source of supplementary carrion free from anthropogenic contaminants such as poisons and veterinary drugs. While the impacts of supplementary feeding sites on ecosystem and scavenging community dynamics have been investigated in Europe, no information is currently available for southern Africa. This study presents evidence that providing supplementary carrion for vultures stimulated an increase in local abundance of two species of mammalian carnivores, the brown hyaena (Hyaena brunnea) and the black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas). These findings require that the wider impacts of providing supplementary carrion for conserving threatened species are fully investigated.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: African Journal of Ecology
Creators: Yarnell, R.W., Phipps, W.L., Dell, S., MacTavish, L.M. and Scott, D.M.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 2014
ISSN: 1365-2028
Identifiers:
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10.1111/aje.12178DOI
Rights: Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:55
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:14
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4922

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