African Zoology volume 49, issue 2, P265-276 2014 DOI: 10.3377/004.049.0215 View full text
Darren W. Pietersen, Andrew E. McKechnie, Raymond Jansen

Abstract: All previous behavioural studies of Temminck's ground pangolins (Smutsia temminckii) have focused on populations in mesic regions. We examined home range size, activity periods, habitat selectivity and refuge site selection of 13 individuals over three years in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa, near the western edge of the species' range. Kernel home ranges of adults averaged 6.5 ± 5.9 km², while juveniles had average home ranges of 6.1 ± 4.0 km². Reliable prediction of 95% of the Kernel home range require…

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