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Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul: managing threatened predators of endangered and declining prey species

Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul: managing threatened predators of endangered and declining prey species
Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul: managing threatened predators of endangered and declining prey species

Conservation policy and practice can sometimes run counter to their mutual aims of ensuring species survival. In Kenya, where threatened predators such as lion deplete endangered prey such as Grevy’s zebra, conservation practitioners seek to ensure species success through exclusive strategies of protection, population increase and preservation. We found strong selection for the endangered Grevy’s zebra by both lion and hyena on two small fenced conservancies in Kenya. Despite abundant diversity of available prey, Grevy’s zebra were selected disproportionately more than their availability, while other highly available species such as buffalo were avoided. Lions were therefore not alone in presenting a credible threat to Grevy’s zebra survival. Conservation practitioners must consider interlinked characteristics of prey selection, resource availability and quality, the interplay between carnivore guild members and landscape scale population trends performance in wildlife management decisions.
Grevy's zebra, Lion, Hyena, Endangered species, Panthera leo, Wildlife management, Predator
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Davidson, Zeke
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Dupuis-Desormeaux, Marc
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Dheer, Arjun
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Pratt, Laura
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Preston, Elizabeth
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Gilicho, Saibala
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Mwololo, Mary
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Chege, Geoffrey
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MacDonald, Suzanne E.
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Doncaster, C. Patrick
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Davidson, Zeke
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Dupuis-Desormeaux, Marc
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Dheer, Arjun
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Pratt, Laura
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Preston, Elizabeth
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Gilicho, Saibala
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Mwololo, Mary
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Chege, Geoffrey
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MacDonald, Suzanne E.
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Doncaster, C. Patrick
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Davidson, Zeke, Dupuis-Desormeaux, Marc, Dheer, Arjun, Pratt, Laura, Preston, Elizabeth, Gilicho, Saibala, Mwololo, Mary, Chege, Geoffrey, MacDonald, Suzanne E. and Doncaster, C. Patrick (2019) Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul: managing threatened predators of endangered and declining prey species. PeerJ, 7. (doi:10.7717/peerj.7916).

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Abstract


Conservation policy and practice can sometimes run counter to their mutual aims of ensuring species survival. In Kenya, where threatened predators such as lion deplete endangered prey such as Grevy’s zebra, conservation practitioners seek to ensure species success through exclusive strategies of protection, population increase and preservation. We found strong selection for the endangered Grevy’s zebra by both lion and hyena on two small fenced conservancies in Kenya. Despite abundant diversity of available prey, Grevy’s zebra were selected disproportionately more than their availability, while other highly available species such as buffalo were avoided. Lions were therefore not alone in presenting a credible threat to Grevy’s zebra survival. Conservation practitioners must consider interlinked characteristics of prey selection, resource availability and quality, the interplay between carnivore guild members and landscape scale population trends performance in wildlife management decisions.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 September 2019
Published date: 15 October 2019
Additional Information: © 2019 Davidson et al.
Keywords: Grevy's zebra, Lion, Hyena, Endangered species, Panthera leo, Wildlife management, Predator

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Local EPrints ID: 467519
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/467519
ISSN: 2167-8359
PURE UUID: 6d8d0aaf-701b-4f89-b936-4cf7e5060060
ORCID for C. Patrick Doncaster: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9406-0693

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Date deposited: 12 Jul 2022 16:34
Last modified: 13 Jul 2022 01:34

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Author: Zeke Davidson
Author: Marc Dupuis-Desormeaux
Author: Arjun Dheer
Author: Laura Pratt
Author: Elizabeth Preston
Author: Saibala Gilicho
Author: Mary Mwololo
Author: Geoffrey Chege
Author: Suzanne E. MacDonald

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