Movement patterns of female feral camels in central and northern Australia

Edwards, Glenn P. and Eldridge, Stephen R. and Wurst, David and 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. ISSN 1035-3712


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2018 00:55
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2018 00:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: feral camel, movement patterns, satellite telemetry, home range
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960499 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1071/WR00053

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