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Abundance and Distribution of Kob (Kobus kob Erxleben, 1777) in Kainji Lake National Park, Nigeria

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Study on the distribution and abundance of kob (Kobus kob) in Borgu Sector Kainji Lake National Park was carried out. The studies was undertaken to derive information on the abundance of kob in Kainji Lake National Park and also determine the distribution of kob, in the area. The methodology employed in the study includes the use of direct method of census. Line transects was established using a stratified random sampling procedure. The data collected were analyzed using the formula - Total Population Ý = R·Z and the program DISTANCE. The result gathered revealed that each of these habitats contains ample number of kob throughout the year. The total estimated population of kobs censured in all the unit area = 9432 kobs /3970.02 km2, while the mean estimated population density is 0.09 ± 0.05 per km2, and the mean estimated population was 392 ± 210.11. There is therefore a 95% certainty that the true population size lies between 109.78 and 107.15 confidence limit. There is a high significant different at (P < 0.05) between the habitat types on kob abundance between the various habitat types in KLNP. The distribution of the kobs indicates that they are clumped in distribution, having an average cluster size of 14.617 in wet season and 18.067 in the dry season,. In a nut shell if the kobs herd is maintained in the reserve. Eco-tourism based on kobs watching to yield economic benefit to Kainji Lake National Park, Niger state and the Nation at large will be achieved. Therefore there should be extended mentoring programme to all the sectors of the park. This will go a long way to check illegal activities such as over grazing, poaching and tree logging that is affecting kobs population in Kainji Lake National Park.
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  • Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism, FCWM, PMB 268, New Bussa, Niger State, Nigeria
  • Department of Wildlife and Range Management, Federal University of Agriculture, PMB 2373, Makurdi, Nigeria
  • Department of Wildlife and Range Management, Federal University of Agriculture, PMB 2373, Makurdi, Nigeria
  • Department of Wildlife and Range Management, Federal University of Agriculture, PMB 2373, Makurdi, Nigeria
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