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Plant-Herbivore Dynamics in the Birungas

This thesis investigated plant-herbivore dynamics in the Birunga volcanoes region in Central Africa, one of the few strongholds of mountain gorillas. This whole ecosystem study concentrated on the impact of the five largest mammalian herbivores; mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei), black-fronted duiker (Caphalophus nigrifrons), bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus), African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and African elephant (Loxondonta africana) on vegetation and the effects this had on mountain gorilla populations in the reserve.