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Small Mammal Communities Along an Elevational Gradient in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, S.W Uganda

Zonation on mountains, whereby species of animals and plants are replaced by different species with changes in altitude, is a well-known ecological phenomenon.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) is rich in endemic species of rodents and both its location and unique elevation range make it critical in interpreting the distribution of endemic species of rodents and shrews. At time of writing there was little information available on the small mammal communities of BINP, so this study intended to document species distribution of small mammals (rodents and shrews) as influenced by altitude and vegetation zones as well as their degree of endemism in BINP and adjacent areas.

1998