ASSESSMENT OF VERTEBRATE DIVERSITY IN ALABATA NATURE RESERVE ABEOKUTA, SOUTH-WEST NIGERIA

The importance of wildlife, especially the vertebrates for game, tourism and medicinal use cannot be over emphasized. Nature reserves are also known to influence the ecosystem of its location. However, rapid increase in land use for agriculture and other physical developments are gradually reducing wildlife habitation including the Alabata area nature reserve of Abeokuta. Inventory of these resources in relation to their habitat parameters would inform their better management. Assessments of vertebrate and associated flora diversities were therefore carried out in Alabata Nature Reserve. The study covered 20 km out of 97.3 km area of Alabata Nature Reserve. Twenty sample plots each of 25m x 25m were laid randomly. Animals, vegetations, soil and level of human interference were assessed for 24 months in each plot cutting across wet and dry seasons. Animals were surveyed weekly using the King Census and Line Transect methods, by direct and indirect modes. Vegetation was surveyed using the Point Center Quarter method. Soil samples were collected randomly with auger at 0-15cm, 15-30cm and 30-45cm depth; air dried and analysed for pH, Organic Carbon (OC), nitrogen and Particle Size (PS) distribution using standard methods. Structured questionnaires were randomly administered to 20 residents in the farm settlements adjoining the study site to assess the level of human interference. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Dominance, Shannon Weiner, principal component as well as Simpson, Evenness and Equitability indices.

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LATEEF, S (2021). ASSESSMENT OF VERTEBRATE DIVERSITY IN ALABATA NATURE RESERVE ABEOKUTA, SOUTH-WEST NIGERIA. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/assessment-of-vertebrate-diversity-in-alabata-nature-reserve-abeokuta-south-west-nigeria-1

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LATEEF, SHOTUYO "ASSESSMENT OF VERTEBRATE DIVERSITY IN ALABATA NATURE RESERVE ABEOKUTA, SOUTH-WEST NIGERIA" Afribary. Afribary, 09 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/assessment-of-vertebrate-diversity-in-alabata-nature-reserve-abeokuta-south-west-nigeria-1. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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LATEEF, SHOTUYO . "ASSESSMENT OF VERTEBRATE DIVERSITY IN ALABATA NATURE RESERVE ABEOKUTA, SOUTH-WEST NIGERIA". Afribary, Afribary, 09 Apr. 2021. Web. 20 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/assessment-of-vertebrate-diversity-in-alabata-nature-reserve-abeokuta-south-west-nigeria-1 >.

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LATEEF, SHOTUYO . "ASSESSMENT OF VERTEBRATE DIVERSITY IN ALABATA NATURE RESERVE ABEOKUTA, SOUTH-WEST NIGERIA" Afribary (2021). Accessed May 20, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/assessment-of-vertebrate-diversity-in-alabata-nature-reserve-abeokuta-south-west-nigeria-1