, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 266–268 | Cite as

Population regulation of Serengeti Wildebeeest: a test of the food hypothesis

  • A. R. E. Sinclair
  • H. Dublin
  • Markus Borner
Original Papers


The food hypothesis proposes that density dependent mortality regulates populations through food shortage. For Serengeti wildebeest, we found an empirical relationship between dry season adult mortality rate, density and food supply. This relationship predicted that: (1) the population would stabilize between 1.0 and 1.5 million animals, (2) dry season mortality would be density dependent and sufficient to account for the levelling off of this large ungulate population. Recent observations have tested and confirmed these predictions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. R. E. Sinclair
    • 1
  • H. Dublin
    • 1
  • Markus Borner
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute Animal Resource Ecology, Department of ZoologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Serengeti National ParkFrankfurt Zoological SocietyTanzania

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