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Tree Survival in the Absence of Elephants in the Akagera National Park, Rwanda

C. A. Spinage and F. E. Guinness
Journal of Applied Ecology
Vol. 8, No. 3 (Dec., 1971), pp. 723-728
DOI: 10.2307/2402679
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2402679
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Tree Survival in the Absence of Elephants in the Akagera National Park, Rwanda
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Abstract

The absence of elephants in the Akagera National Park, Rwanda, is briefly discussed and the uniqueness of the area for the observation of other natural destructive factors operating against trees pointed out. Wind is shown to be a significant factor in the felling of mature trees whilst lightning causes damage to branches and crowns. Both of these factors operate to produce damage which in other areas may be erroneously attributed to elephant.

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