Zisadza Gandiwa Et Al

Zisadza-Gandiwa et al

Journal of  Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 3 (7), pp.
592-597, July 2013.

 ISSN: 2276-7770 



Manuscript Number: 070813705


Status of Woody Vegetation along
Riparian Areas in Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe


Patience Zisadza-Gandiwa1,2,
Chenjerai Parakasingwa2

Clayton Mashapa3,
Never Muboko4 and Edson Gandiwa4*


Conservation Areas Office, Parks and Wildlife Management
Authority, P.O. Box CY 140, Causeway, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Services, Gonarezhou National Park, Parks and Wildlife
Management Authority, Private Bag 7003, Chiredzi,

Resource Ecology Programme, Department of Biological
Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, 

P. O. Box MP 167, Mt
Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe.

of Wildlife and Safari Management, Chinhoyi University
of Technology, Private Bag 7724, 

Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe.


*Corresponding Author’s Email:

egandiwa @ gmail.com

Tel: +263 773 490202


We assessed the composition and structure of woody
vegetation along Save, Runde and Mwenezi rivers in
Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe. Data were collected from
62 sample plots between April and May 2011 using a
stratified random sampling design. Our results showed
significant differences in plant height, shrub density and
numbers of stems per plant across the three major perennial
rivers. However, there were no significant differences in
basal area, tree density, dead plant density, browsed plant
density, fire damaged plant density and species diversity.
Our findings suggest that disturbances, e.g., herbivory, are
affecting the woody vegetation structure in all major rivers
in Gonarezhou. We therefore, recommend for the continuous
monitoring of riparian vegetation in Gonarezhou and other
similar protected areas.
Keywords: Herbivory, perennial rivers, savanna,
species diversity, woody vegetation.

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