Current status of Uganda Kob (Kobus Kob Thomasi Neumann) in Toro Game Reserve, Uganda
As part of a biological assessment of Toro Game Reserve, the status of Uganda kob Kobus kob Thomasi Newmann, was studied. A survey of traditional mating grounds, foot transects and opportunistic sightings was used to determine population size and structure. The influences of habitat, predation and poaching intensity were also investigated. This study indicates that the population of kob in Toro Game Reserve is approximately 100 animals and though small, a viable structure for expansion. Data indicate a comparatively high proportion of females in the population, with a ratio of adult females:adult males:juveniles (<1.5 years old) of 5:2:2. The preferred habitat is the major vegetation type within the Reserve and presents no limiting factor to population growth. Predator levels are low and the principal threat to the survival of Uganda kob is poaching.
Journal of East African Natural History Vol. 84 (2) 1995: pp. 97-104