The control of progression order in a captive herd of sable antelope (Hippotragus niger)

Academic Article


  • AbstractA small herd of captive sable antelope (Hippotragus niger) was observed repeatedly while progressing through a gate connecting a pasture to a corral. The ordinal position of each herd member was recorded during each progression. These data were analyzed quantitatively with respect to three models of progression order control and one of random ordering. An end point‐control model, stating that the oldest female of a progression occupies the first position while the remainder of the animals randomly distribute themselves within the progression, accounts for the data. These results are related to both protection and resource learning theories of progression order. The terminology used in the study of leadership and ordinal progressions is discussed as well.
  • Authors

  • Stine, William
  • Howell, Leonard L
  • Murdock, Gwendolyn K
  • Newland, M Christopher
  • Conradsen, Linda
  • Maple, Terry L
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • January 1982
  • Published In

  • Zoo Biology  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 89
  • End Page

  • 110
  • Volume

  • 1
  • Issue

  • 2