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Richard Fynn

Richard is a grazing ecosystem ecologist looking at how access to functional habitat heterogeneity affects the stability and productivity of herbivore populations (wildlife and livestock), and how this access is affected by population movements and ecosystem fragmentation (e.g. by fences, villages, livestock). In turn, he looks at how the size and movement patterns of herbivore populations affects ecosystem processes such as nutrient cycling, grassland condition (cover, quality and productivity) and bush encroachment. Currently he has students working on zebra and buffalo ecology in the Savuti-Linyanti region, roan antelope in the Linyanti region, Wildebeest in the CKGR and rangeland issues in the Ghanzi region.

Functional Conservation Areas And The Future Of Africa’s Wildlife


Many of Africa’s conservation areas (CAs) are experiencing large declines in the size and diversity of their ungulate populations (Whyte & Joubert, 1988; Ben-Shahar, 1993; Williamson, 2002; Owen-Smith & Mills, 2006; Caro & Scholte, 2007; Bolger et al., 2008; Newmark, 2008; Harris et al., 2009; Ogutu et al., 2009; Western, Russell & Cuthill, 2009). We provide evidence from a wide …

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Effects Of Restriction Of Wild Herbivore Movement On Woody And Herbaceous Vegetation In The Okavango Delta Botswana


Wildlife movements and migrations are increasingly being disrupted due to ongoing fragmentation of African savannahs (Fynn & Bonyongo, 2011). Free-ranging herbivores that are not subject to restrictions of movement by fences and other human land-use effects generally do not degrade their habitats because their highly mobile foraging strategies continually deflect their foraging to new areas and resources (McNaughton, 1985; Fynn, …

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