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The Amboseli ElephantsA Long-Term Perspective on a Long-Lived Mammal$
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Cynthia J. Moss, Harvey Croze, and Phyllis C. Lee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226542232

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226542263.001.0001

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Ecological Patterns of Variability in Demographic Rates

Ecological Patterns of Variability in Demographic Rates

(p.74) Chapter 6 Ecological Patterns of Variability in Demographic Rates
The Amboseli Elephants

Phyllis C. Lee

W. Keith Lindsay

Cynthia J. Moss

University of Chicago Press

This chapter, which aims to examine some of the ecological factors affecting the birth and death rates of elephants, investigates seasonal and annual variation in rates of conception and calf mortality using 30 years of demographic data for the Amboseli population. It attempts to link these demographic rates to the underlying factors of food abundance and quality, using a proxy measure of rainfall and its distribution over an annual cycle and between years. The chapter assesses the long-term consequences of ecological impacts on individuals and the population.

Keywords:   ecological pattern, demographic rates, calf mortality, Amboseli elephants, elephant population, food quality

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