Diversity, Abundance and Distribution of Mammals in Fragmented Remnant Forests around Asella Town, Ethiopia

Mohammed Kasso Geda, Afework Bekele Simegn


Survey on diversity, relative abundance, and distribution of mammals in fragmented remnant montane forest of Child Care Center and School of Agriculture was conducted from March to July 2013. Trapping, lines transect and indirect survey techniques were used. Information on abundance and species composition of matured trees was collected. Data were organized and analyzed using descriptive statistics. A total of 22 species of mammals belonging to five orders were recorded. From the trapped species of mammals, Stenocephalemys albipes was most abundant while Arvicanthis abyssinicus was least. From non-trapped groups of mammals, the most abundant was Colobus guereza whereas Leptailurus serval and Poecilogale albinucha were least recorded. Most of the species were widely distributed. However, Mus mahomet, Arvicanthis abyssinicus, Redunca redunca and Chlorocebus pygerythrus were recorded only from the School of Agriculture and in the same way Papio anubis was recorded from Child Care Center. The majority of the species (13) belonging to 108 individuals were recorded from thick canopy forest and nine species from grassland habitat. Plantation with secondary growth habitat was the most diversified habitat while grassland was the least. As the area is rich in mammal and other species, urgent conservation action is highly recommended.   

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