Acta Theriologica

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 411–423

Spatial behaviour of adult male Alpine ibexCapra ibex ibex in the Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

  • Francesca Parrini
  • Stefano Grignolio
  • Siriano Luccarini
  • Bruno Bassano
  • Marco Apollonio
Article

Abstract

During a two year preliminary study, the spatial organization of a group of male Alpine ibexCapra ibex ibex Linnaeus, 1758 was examined in the Gran Paradiso National Park, Western Italian Alps, Italy. From December 1995 to January 1998 we measured annual, seasonal home range and home range during the rut, plus altitudinal migration of 13 radio-collared adult Alpine ibex. The small annual home range size showed a traditional use of space, confirmed by the high overlapping values between home ranges of consecutive years: the ibex used the same places from year to year. This was also true during periods of rut. Home ranges closely overlapped in consecutive ruts, while their size changed from winter to winter. Snow cover limited the movements of the ibex; winter and spring home ranges were smaller than those in summer and autumn. Mean vertical movement patterns were similar in the two years, showing the highest values in summer and the lowest in spring. Space use was never proportional to availability for each altitudinal range.

Key words

Capra ibex radio-tracking home range rut altitudinal migration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesca Parrini
    • 1
  • Stefano Grignolio
    • 1
  • Siriano Luccarini
    • 1
  • Bruno Bassano
    • 2
  • Marco Apollonio
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Zoology and Biological AnthropologyUniversity of SassariSassariItaly
  2. 2.Gran Paradiso National ParkTorinoItaly
  3. 3.Centre for African Ecology, School of Animal, Plant & Environmental SciencesUniversity of the WitwatersrandWitsSouth Africa

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