Olive Baboons, Seed Dispersal and Rangeland Quality (Laikipia, Kenya)

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Olive Baboons, Seed Dispersal and Rangeland Quality (Laikipia, Kenya)

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Research Question

Do rodents remove Opuntia stricta seeds from olive baboon feces and act as secondary seed dispersers, transporting seeds to sites that improve seedling recruitment?

Significance

A New World cactus called Opuntia stricta was introduced to East Africa, and has caused devastating effects to rangeland quality and pre-existing plant communities ever since. The continual encroachment and ecological impacts caused by O. stricta could threaten efforts to conserve native species.

Methods Used

We evaluated the occurrence of secondary seed dispersal by rodents, birds, and insects in Laikipia, Kenya through the use of camera trapping, small mammal trapping, and germination trials.

Conclusions/Outcomes

Analysis is ongoing and will be available at a later date.

Publication Date

Summer 2015

Disciplines

Zoology

Olive Baboons, Seed Dispersal and Rangeland Quality (Laikipia, Kenya)

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