By C. A. Spinage
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When struck by a dart an animal usually ran off; but some stood motionless as if unaware that anything had happened, and this after being struck by a sharp projectile released from a 90 lb pull crossbow! After about 7 min, on average, the animal would stagger and collapse abruptly. It was then approached cautiously, as waterbuck seemed to be very alarmed by the sound of grass rustling close to them, and would struggle to rise when they heard this. My first action was to blindfold the animal, as this had a surprisingly calming effect.
The reduction of these hippopotamuses, some 8000 in all, resulted in a number of vegetation changes, and an increase in other animal species, particularly on the Mweya Peninsula, which was kept free of hippopotamuses during the period of my study. The Main Study Areas The Mweya Peninsula Kaiyura's old refuge was the main study area, in which the majority of my studies were conducted. It was chosen as an area of prime importance for study due to its high density of waterbuck, its isolated formation, and freedom from interference.
Aerial counts conducted by NUTAE in 1966 to 1967 revealed the presence of some 3000 elephants, 20 000 buffalo and 12 000 hippopotamus (Field, 1966, 1967). In addition there were an estimated 20 000 Uganda kob, 5000 topi, 3000 waterbuck, and numerous warthog; with lesser numbers of bushbuck and Chanler's reedbuck, to name but the commonest ungulates. Topi are restricted to the southern sector of the Park, south of the Maramagambo Forest; reedbuck are localized in distribution, and kob occur only in numbers in open grassland where there is little thicket.
A Territorial Antelope: the Uganda Waterbuck by C. A. Spinage