Original Article

Regional Environmental Change

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 1-15

First online:

The impacts of herbivory on vegetation in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana: 1967–2001

  • Hamisai HamandawanaAffiliated withAgricultural Research Council, Institute for Soil, Water and Climate Email author 

Rent the article at a discount

Rent now

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access


Browsing and grazing pressure on vegetation in the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana was analyzed using remotely sensed imagery comprising CORONA photographs of 1967 and Landsat TM and Landsat ETM imagery of 1989 and 1994 and 2001, respectively. Comparison of temporal variations in the spatial distributions of different vegetation types and changes in the abundance of selected wildlife species demonstrate a persistent decrease in capacity of the environment to support wild animals, due to increasing abundance of poorly preferred browse species and increasing scarcity of favored varieties. Given the long-term direction of change showing continued deterioration of habitat conditions and the limited prospects for reversal of this trend, it is apparent that there is immediate need to realign wildlife management strategies in ways that can enhance the sustainability of wildlife and the supporting environment.


Wildlife management Vegetation response Preferred browse