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Conservation Status of Roan Antelope (Hippotragus equines Desmarest, 1804) in Old Oyo National Park, Nigeria

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Continuous monitoring of the size of wildlife population is a basic requirement for proper wildlife management. Therefore, this study assesses the conservation status of Roan antelope in Old Oyo National Park. A reconnaissance survey was carried out to the park to determine the areas of concentration of Roan antelope. The study was carried out for four months (March-June, 2018) using line transect method and direct sighting. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The study revealed that the highest population of 34 individuals of roan antelope was recorded in the month of March, while the least population of the roan antelope was 8 in the month of July. Marguba range has the highest percentage of 28.2%, followed by Oyo-Ile with the population of 27%, while Sepeteri and Tede has the population of 22.4% respectively. The population structure of Roan indicates that the female roan antelope had the highest population of 35, followed by the young ones with the population of 27, while the male has the least number of observation of 23. The vegetation distribution revealed that Riparian forest vegetation zone has the highest number of individual with 24 observation, follow by Isoberlina doka (23) while Diospyrus mespillisformis and Afzelia africana recorded 19 respectively. The population of roan antelope could then build up to sustain the effective breeding population size. Uncontrolled burning activities by poachers and variations in seasons changed the habitat of Roan Antelope and this has threatened most of the plant species that provide shelter and food for the animals. It was therefore recommended that the vegetation types should be protected from adverse late burning by poachers as this is necessary for saving the vegetation for dry season feeding of roan antelope.
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  • Federal College of Wildlife Management, New-Bussa, Niger State, Nigeria
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  • Federal College of Wildlife Management, New-Bussa, Niger State, Nigeria
  • Federal College of Wildlife Management, New-Bussa, Niger State, Nigeria
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  • Federal College of Wildlife Management, New-Bussa, Niger State, Nigeria
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  • Federal College of Wildlife Management, New-Bussa, Niger State, Nigeria
  • Federal College of Wildlife Management, New-Bussa, Niger State, Nigeria
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