Zebra migration strategies and anthrax in Etosha National Park, Namibia

Royi Zidon, Shimon Garti, Wayne M. Getz, David Saltz

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Partial seasonal migration is ubiquitous in many species. We documented this phenomenon in plains zebra (Equus burchelli) in Etosha National Park, Namibia (ENP), and provided a cost-benefit analysis as it relates to the spatial distribution of water, vegetation, and endemic anthrax. This analysis draws upon two years of ENP zebra movement data that reveal two sub-populations: migrators and non-migrators. Migrators are shown to be behaviorally dominant in the way they utilize space and use water holes. We raise the possibility that the co-existence of these two groups reflects an evolutionary process, and the size of each group maintains evolutionary equilibrium.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere01925
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2017


  • Bacillus anthracis
  • GPS telemetry
  • Movement ecology
  • Partial migration
  • Tick load
  • Water holes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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