, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 341–354 | Cite as

Biomass and production of large African herbivores in relation to rainfall and primary production

  • M. J. Coe
  • D. H. Cumming
  • J. Phillipson


Standing crop biomass, energy expenditure and production by large mammalian herbivores in the African savannas show a high degree of correlation with mean annual precipitation and predicted above ground primary production. These relationships possess the potential for predicting carrying capacity and protein production from simple meteorological data.


Precipitation Biomass Energy Expenditure Annual Precipitation Protein Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Coe
    • 1
  • D. H. Cumming
    • 2
  • J. Phillipson
    • 1
  1. 1.Animal Ecology Research GroupDepartment of ZoologyOxford
  2. 2.Department of National Parks and WildlifeSalisburyRhodesia

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