Land management strategies can increase oil palm plantation use by some terrestrial mammals in Colombia

Pardo, Lain E., Campbell, Mason J., Cove, Michael V., Edwards, Will, Clements, Gopalasamy Reuben, and Laurance, William F. (2019) Land management strategies can increase oil palm plantation use by some terrestrial mammals in Colombia. Scientific Reports, 9. 7812.

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While the conservation role of remaining natural habitats in anthropogenic landscapes is clear, the degree to which agricultural matrices impose limitations to animal use is not well understood, but vital to assess species’ resilience to land use change. Using an occupancy framework, we evaluated how oil palm plantations affect the occurrence and habitat use of terrestrial mammals in the Colombian Llanos. Further, we evaluated the effect of undergrowth vegetation and proximity to forest on habitat use within plantations. Most species exhibited restricted distributions across the study area, especially in oil palm plantations. Habitat type strongly influenced habitat use of four of the 12 more widely distributed species with oil palm negatively affecting species such as capybara and naked-tailed armadillo. The remaining species showed no apparent effect of habitat type, but oil palm and forest use probabilities varied among species. Overall, generalist mesocarnivores, white-tailed deer, and giant anteater were more likely to use oil palm while the remaining species, including ocelot and lesser anteater, showed preferences for forest. Distance to nearest forest had mixed effects on species habitat use, while understory vegetation facilitated the presence of species using oil palm. Our findings suggest that allowing undergrowth vegetation inside plantations and maintaining nearby riparian corridors would increase the likelihood of terrestrial mammals’ occurrence within oil palm landscapes.

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Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2045-2322
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Funders: Australian Laureate Fellowship
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2019 02:43
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