Movement patterns of female feral camels in central and northern Australia

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Edwards, Glenn P., Eldridge, Stephen R., Wurst, David, Berman, David M. and Garbin, Vanessa. 2001. "Movement patterns of female feral camels in central and northern Australia." Wildlife Research. 28 (3), pp. 283-289. https://doi.org/10.1071/WR00053
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Movement patterns of female feral camels in central and northern Australia

ERA Journal ID3020
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsEdwards, Glenn P. (Author), Eldridge, Stephen R. (Author), Wurst, David (Author), Berman, David M. (Author) and Garbin, Vanessa (Author)
Journal TitleWildlife Research
Journal Citation28 (3), pp. 283-289
Number of Pages7
Year2001
PublisherCSIRO Publishing
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1035-3712
1448-5494
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1071/WR00053
Web Address (URL)http://www.publish.csiro.au/WR/WR00053
Abstract

Movement patterns of female feral camels were studied over four years (February 1993 to December 1996) in central and northern Australia using satellite telemetry. Areas used over 12-month periods (calculated using the fixed kernel method) were large (449–4933 km2) and increased with increasing aridity as measured by long-term mean annual rainfall. No consistent pattern of variation was detected in movement rates of camels across seasons. Data collected over several years are needed to classify movements in feral camels. The only telemetered camel that has been monitored for longer than two years (this study) appeared to move within a large home range over the concluding 3.5 years that it was tracked. Because the areas used are large, extensive buffer zones will be needed in arid regions to protect environmentally sensitive areas from the impacts of feral camels.

Keywordsferal camel, movement patterns, satellite telemetry, home range
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410404. Environmental management
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Byline AffiliationsParks and Wildlife Commission, Northern Territory
Desert Wildlife Services, Australia
Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland
No affiliation
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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