Recent mammal records from eastern Tongaland in Kwazulu, with notes on Hippopotamus in Lake Sibaya

  • Bruton M
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Abstract

Distribution records of 36 mammal species in eastern Tongaland are given based on specimens, photographs and sight records collected during the period 1970 to 1976. The distribution of hippopotami in the coastal lakes of eastern Tongaland is outlined and aspects of their ecology in Lake Sibaya are described. The hippopotamus population in Lake Sibaya has doubled since 1958 despite the removal of at least 25 individuals for management purposes. The number of hippopotami in the lake itself decreases at high lake level when a large part of the population inhabits adjacent lakelets and swamps

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