Variation in terrestrial mammal abundance on pastoral and conservation land tenures in north-eastern Australian tropical savannas
AS Kutt, IJ Gordon
ANIMAL CONSERVATION | WILEY | Published : 2012
The introduction of domestic cattle into systems that have had little historical grazing by large herbivores, such as the case in Australia, can lead to both direct and indirect changes in native flora and fauna. In this study, we investigate the differences in native mammal abundance between pastoral land managed for cattle production and conservation land in Australian tropical savannas. We systematically sampled 68 sites for mammals in north-eastern Queensland representing the two land tenures, which represent land with introduced stock and native herbivores present, and land where only native herbivores occur. We recorded 17 species of mammals representing five families and two functiona..View full abstract
The data used in this study have been derived from a wide range of field surveys funded by research programmes (National Estate, Land and Water Research Development Corporation, Natural Heritage Trust, Caring for our Country) run by the Australian government throughout the temporal scope of the data sources. The data were collected in concert with a range of colleagues and volunteers over the years. The production and writing of this manuscript was supported by funding from the CSIRO Building Resilient Australian Biodiversity Assets Theme. This manuscript was improved through comments provided on an early draft by Colette Thomas and Leigh Hunt (both CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences) and anonymous referees via the journal review process.