Browsing Conservation Science Publications by Author "van Aarde, R.J."
The pitfalls of ignoring behaviour when quantifying habitat selectionRoever, C.L.; Beyer, H.L.; Chase, Michael J.; van Aarde, R.J. (2014)Habitat selection is a behavioural mechanism by which animals attempt to maximize their inclusive fitness while balancing competing demands, such as finding food and rearing offspring while avoiding predation, in a heterogeneous and changing environment. Different habitat characteristics may be associated with each of these demands, implying that habitat selection varies depending on the behavioural motivations of the animal. Here, we investigate behaviour‐specific habitat selection in African elephants and discuss its implications for distribution modelling and conservation.