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Like night & day: Researchers find difference in species activity in PAs depending on human presence

Researchers in Assam studying the impact of human disturbance on prey species in two of the state’s wildlife habitats have found that some species, mostly active during the day hours in Kaziranga National park, are mostly active at night in Manas National Park. The variations in activity of species like barking deer, hog deer, wild pig, sambar and wild buffalo in these two protected areas, is likely because of the difference in human presence in both these parks.

The study published in Biological Conservation journal was carried out by researchers from Aaranyak and WWF-India to estimate the abundance of these species over three seasons during 2014-2017. The study highlighted the population density of the prey species and how human disturbances affect them.

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