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A comparative analysis of components incorporated in conservation priority assessments: A case study based on South African species of terrestrial mammals

dc.contributor.authorKeith M.
dc.contributor.authorChimimba C.T.
dc.contributor.authorReyers B.
dc.contributor.authorVan Jaarsveld A.S.
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-15T15:56:28Z
dc.date.available2011-05-15T15:56:28Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.citationAfrican Zoology
dc.identifier.citation42
dc.identifier.citation1
dc.identifier.issn15627020
dc.identifier.other10.3377/1562-7020(2007)42[97:ACAOCI]2.0.CO;2
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/9861
dc.description.abstractAssessing the risk of extinction to species forms an essential part of regional conservation initiatives that facilitate the allocation of limited resources for conservation. The present study conducted conservation priority assessments for 221 South African terrestrial mammal species using existing data sources. These data sources included regional IUCN Red List assessments, regional geographic distributions, relative endemism, taxonomic distinctiveness, relative body mass and human density. These components were in turn subjected to two quantitative conservation priority assessment techniques in an attempt to determine regional conservation priorities for South African terrestrial mammals. The top 22 mammal species (i.e. the top 10% of assessed species) identified by both regional conservation priority assessment techniques to be of conservation priority, consistently identified 13 South African terrestrial mammal species to be of high conservation priority. Seven of the 13 species were from the order Afrosoricida, two species from the order Eulipotyphla, with one species each from the orders Chiroptera, Lagomorpha, Pholidota, and Rodentia. More importantly, 12 of the 13 mammal species were also listed as threatened in the 2004 Red Data Book of South African Mammals. These results suggest that the two conservation priority assessment techniques used in the present study may represent a practical and quantitative method for determining regional conservation priorities, and include measures that represent vulnerability, conservation value, and threat.
dc.subjectconservation management
dc.subjectendemism
dc.subjectextinction risk
dc.subjectgeographical distribution
dc.subjectmammal
dc.subjectrisk assessment
dc.subjectspecies conservation
dc.subjecttaxonomy
dc.subjectvulnerability
dc.subjectAfrica
dc.subjectSouth Africa
dc.subjectSouthern Africa
dc.subjectSub-Saharan Africa
dc.subjectChiroptera
dc.subjectLagomorpha
dc.subjectMammalia
dc.subjectPholidota (mammal)
dc.subjectRodentia
dc.titleA comparative analysis of components incorporated in conservation priority assessments: A case study based on South African species of terrestrial mammals
dc.typeArticle
dc.description.versionArticle


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