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Nutritional Quality and Quantity of Available Forages Relative to Demand: A Case Study of the Goitered Gazelles of the Golestan National Park, Iran
- Bagheri Rad, Elham, Mesdaghi, Mansour, Ahmad, Norhayati, Abdullah, Maimon
- Rangelands 2015 v.37 no.2 pp. 68-80
- Gazella subgutturosa, carrying capacity, case studies, conservation areas, diet, forbs, grasses, habitats, managers, national parks, nutritive value, poisonous plants, shrubs, vegetation types, wildlife, Iran
- Information on seasonal trends in quantity and quality of available forage for the goitered gazelle may be useful to wildlife managers in developing management practices to maintain healthy populations and reduce the consumption of toxic plants by protected wildlife. Goitered gazelles in Golestan National Park in Iran relied on a variety of grasses, shrubs, and forbs, to meet their nutrituional needs across seasons. Increased knowledge of the goitered gazelle’s diet is expected to assist wildlife managers in determining carrying capacity and assessing viable habitats for future reintroduction programmes, including overall successful management within the protected areas of Iran.