A Territorial Antelope: the Uganda Waterbuck by C. A. Spinage

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Fire was generally prevented on the Peninsula, but it must be noted that this was the grassland composition at the time of the study. Considerable changes can take place here in the grassland composition, related to the hippopotamus control experiments, for the numbers of hippopotamuses are sufficient to modify the grassland composition in certain areas, as we shall see later. 7,6 The Uganda Waterbuck The grasslands to the north of the Park are characterized by the Euphorbia candelabra trees, which dot the landscape, and whose place is taken in the southern extremity of the Park by the gnarled, large wild fig trees Ficus gnaphalacarpa, whose branches form a favourite resting place for lions.

In addition to these the resident population consisted of a waterbuck, two doe reedbuck, a Uganda kob, a bushbuck, a herd of warthogs . . two buffaloes . . a lion and plenty of hippos and hyaena. Every day different animals strayed in across the narrow neck of the peninsula, but they were only visitors" (Worthington and Worthington, 1933). By today's standards this enumeration would not be "abundant", so we must also consider the "enormous numbers" of the Katwe area to represent far less game than we would expect to meet there today.

Study Area 35 Four main vegetation communities can be found in the Park: bushed grasslands, thicket, Acacia woodland, and semi-deciduous forest. The bushed grasslands occur on the slopes of the Crater Highlands, in the central region of the Park around the Kazinga Channel and the two lakes, and in the southern extremity. Thicket is associated with grassland areas; the Acacia woodland is scattered in distribution, and the semi-deciduous forest cuts across the centre of the Park. Bushed grasslands Due to the short growing season the grass tends to be short in height compared with that found in higher rainfall areas.

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