International Journal of
Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Biodivers. Conserv.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-243X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJBC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 679

Article in Press

Density, abundance and spatial distribution niche overlap of large and medium-sized mammal populations in the Lomako-Yokokala Faunal Reserve, Congo

Julien NKONO, Mbezele Junior Yannick Ngaba

  •  Received: 25 January 2024
  •  Accepted: 11 March 2024
Understanding the dynamics of large and medium-sized mammal populations is crucial for effective conservation and management strategies. This study conducted a wildlife inventory in the Lomako-Yokokala Faunal Reserve (RFLY), focusing on signs of activity from 34 species of large and medium-sized mammals. The findings revealed that a total of 3.261 signs were recorded within transects, with an additional 6.915 signs across both recce and transect areas. Bonobos were the most prevalent species, followed by various others, highlighting the diverse mammalian species inhabiting the RFLY. The average encounter rate for all signs of activity from large and medium-sized mammals in the RFLY was determined to be 11.840 ± 0.999 indices per kilometer, with feces being the most commonly encountered sign, followed by nests, direct observations, and vocalizations. These insights provide valuable information for conservation efforts and ecosystem management, emphasizing the importance of protecting the diverse wildlife in the area.

Keywords: Community-based conservation, habitat conservation, impact on mammal populations and their habitats, protected areas management