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With a struggle we could handle the does, but the bucks were dangerous antagonists. Several animals died after apparently recovering from the antidote, and as a result we abandoned further attempts with it. Subsequently, workers elsewhere found that waterbuck could be successfully and satisfactorily immobilized if nearly twice the dosage that we had been using was administered (Hanks, 1967); Methods of Study 49 but this discovery was to come later, and meanwhile we turned to another drug, the muscle relaxant succinylcholine chloride.

Furthermore, its effects in the event of an overdose, or when the work on an animal was finished, could be reversed with an antidote. Experiments conducted off the Peninsula did not have the result that we had hoped, causing great excitation of the animal. With a struggle we could handle the does, but the bucks were dangerous antagonists. Several animals died after apparently recovering from the antidote, and as a result we abandoned further attempts with it. Subsequently, workers elsewhere found that waterbuck could be successfully and satisfactorily immobilized if nearly twice the dosage that we had been using was administered (Hanks, 1967); Methods of Study 49 but this discovery was to come later, and meanwhile we turned to another drug, the muscle relaxant succinylcholine chloride.

Many of the vegetation associations are secondary, and the animal populations are in a state of flux with the disturbed primary components. The history, such as we know it, of the Rwenzori National Park, shows it to be a salient example of this type of change, and not, as many would suppose, an island of pristine Africa, selected and set aside by man as an example of virgin, untouched habitat, of the Africa that was. On the contrary, it is an area where circumstances have ousted man in very recent times, and animals have taken advantage of the situation by colonizing the vacated area.

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