Kalahari Cheetahs: Adaptations to an arid region by Gus MillsKalahari Cheetahs: Adaptations to an arid region by Gus Mills

Kalahari Cheetahs: Adaptations to an arid region

byGus Mills, Margaret Mills

Hardcover | May 27, 2017

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The cheetah, the fastest terrestrial animal, has widespread appeal amongst wildlife biologists and enthusiasts alike. However, like all all large carnivores, it is increasingly threatened by habitat loss and its status is now classified as "Vulnerable" by the IUCN. This is the firstcomprehensive study of cheetah biology in an arid environment, a major component of its current distribution range. The book brings together results from an intensive six year study of the cheetah by the authors in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa and Botswana. It documents a wealthof detailed and direct observations of cheetah population biology and behavioural ecology, adopting an evolutionary approach and providing a conceptual framework for future research and applied management in the context of global environmental change.Kalahari Cheetahs covers topics such as optimal foraging theory, hunting strategies and predator prey relations, mating systems and reproductive strategies and success, inter-specific competition, demography, social organisation, and population limitation. Comparisons with previous cheetah studiesreveal the variability of ecological determinants on behaviour, and the behavioural flexibility and ability of these carnivores to adapt to different environments. This advanced textbook is suitable for graduate level students as well as professional researchers in felid behavioural ecology and conservation biology. It will also be of relevance and use to conservationists, wildlife managers, and African wildlife enthusiasts.
Dr Gus Mills has spent 40 years conducting research on African large carnivores and is currently Research Fellow at the Lewis Foundation, South Africa. He has written five books and authored or co-authored 140 scientific papers, as well as delivered over 80 talks at conferences and symposia worldwide. He is a senior member of several I...
Title:Kalahari Cheetahs: Adaptations to an arid regionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:May 27, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198712146

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Morphometrics, demographics and genetic viability3. Diet4. Prey selection and the impact of cheetah predation on prey populations5. Twenty-four hour activity patterns and distances moved6. Hunting behaviour7. Foraging success8. Energetics9. Coexistence and the cheetah's relations with other carnivores.10. Socio-spatial organisation and spatial ecology11. Breeding, cub survival and female reproductive success12. The Mating System13. Conservation issues around cheetahs14. EpilogueAppendices