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Ecology > Population Dynamics > Topic 3: Elephant Population Growth in a Nature Reserve

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Population growth models aren't just good in theory. They help conservation biologists and wildlife managers make decisions, like how large a nature reserve should be to sustain a population.

In this topic, you'll see how the logistic model can be applied to an elephant population in South Africa.

Image of Elephants in Kruger National Park

What you'll learn in this topic

  • How to calculate population growth rate
  • How K, r, and dN/dt are expressed in the ecology of an elephant population
  • How humans affect the carrying capacity of elephants

Your task is to use the logistic model to follow the growth of an endangered elephant population in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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