Patterns of Occupancy in Time and Space

Harvey Croze and Cynthia J. Moss

in The Amboseli Elephants

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780226542232
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226542263 | DOI:
Patterns of Occupancy in Time and Space

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This chapter examines the ways that various social groupings have occupied the Amboseli ecosystem over time. It looks at inter-annual changes in occupancy of the central basin and the differential, coordinated occupancy by various families and bond groups within the basin. The chapter also records what is currently known about the spatial requirements for elephant corridors to and from the central basin using several direct and indirect techniques. Specifically, it looks at the following: ecosystem occupancy and changes in population use of the National Park over time; differences among families in occupancy of the Amboseli basin; shared occupancy by social groups; difference in occupancy between males and families; and requirements for “corridors” outside the Park.

Keywords: occupancy; Amboseli ecosystem; social groupings; spatial requirements; National Park; Amboseli basin

Chapter.  8347 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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