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A Territorial Antelope: The Uganda Waterbucks by C. A. Spinage

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Other areas Studies were concentrated in five additional areas; the most important of which was the Overgrazed Study Area, hereinafter referred to as the "Ogsa". This region was chosen as it adjoins the Peninsula, and there is 44 The Uganda Waterbuck much exchange of waterbuck between the two. It has also been subject to high intensity hippopotamus grazing, but the hippopotamuses have not been eliminated. Drs Petrides and Swank, two American Fulbright scholars who conducted preliminary studies into the hippopotamus population in 1956-1957, and made a number of waterbuck counts, named it the "Overgrazed Study Area" in contrast to their "Long Grass Study Area" of the Crater Highlands.

1 was also able to return in November 1968 to make a few further observations. With these visits I was able to build up a picture of the bucks' territorial arrangements, and of the activity of the does. Of course, this was not all; other areas were likewise visited to make comparative evaluations, and there were 12-h continuous observation periods to study activity rhythms, as well as many general behavioural studies. But once darting was complete, most of the work necessitated only a notebook and pencil, and a pair of binoculars.

The Main Study Areas The Mweya Peninsula Kaiyura's old refuge was the main study area, in which the majority of my studies were conducted. It was chosen as an area of prime importance for study due to its high density of waterbuck, its isolated formation, and freedom from interference. ater, except for the narrow isthmus of Kanyeseswa to the north-east. West of the 33 m fault which divides the area into two, almost equal, halves, the land is low-lying, at an average height of 15 m above lake level.

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