# A Lycaon pictus impulsive state feedback control model with Allee effect and continuous time delay

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## Abstract

Allee effect (i.e. sparse effect) is active when the population density is small. Our purpose is to study such an effect of this phenomenon on population dynamics. We investigate an impulsive state feedback control single-population model with Allee effect and continuous delay. We first qualitatively analyze the singularity of this model. Then we obtain sufficient conditions for the existence of an order-one periodic orbit by the geometric theory of impulsive differential equations for the survival of endangered populations and obtain the uniqueness of an order-one periodic orbit by the monotonicity of the subsequent function. Furthermore, we prove the orbital asymptotic stability of an order-one periodic orbit using the geometric properties of successor functions to confirm the robustness of this control. Finally, we verify the correctness of our theoretical results by using some numerical simulations. Our results show that the release of artificial captive African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) can effectively protect the African wild dog population with Allee effect.

## Keywords

Qualitatively analysis Order-one periodic orbit Impulsive differential equation Allee effect## MSC

34C25 34D23 92B05 34A37## 1 Introduction

The African wild dog is one of the endangered carnivorous species in South Africa. They are mainly distributed in parts of eastern and southern Africa. In the past few decades the habitat of African wild dog has been drastically reduced, and the population quantity has declined significantly [1]. Research suggests that there are many reasons for the sharp decline in the distribution and number of African wild dogs, which may include conflicts with humans, habitat loss, persecution and competition with other predators, genetic diversity of infectious diseases, and inbreeding depression [2]. The scholars analyzed the demographic data of endangered Lycaon pictus in Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park in South Africa from 1980 to 2004. They found that the African wild dog population has an obvious Allee effect [3]. In 1931, W.C. Allee paid attention to the possibility of a positive relationship between individual aspects of fitness and population density [4]. In other words, when the species has a small population density, the death rate increases, and the birth rate decreases, then the risk of species extinction increases. There are many reasons for this phenomenon. For example, for an individual, it is difficult to seek spouses and difficult to resist enemies and inbreeding depression [5]. Therefore many researches focus on the Allee effect (sparse effect) and have done a lot of work in this direction [6, 7, 8, 9].

The Allee effect has been observed in many species, such as plants, marine invertebrates, and mammals [8]. For these species, there exists a minimum survival threshold, which implies that it is not necessary to adopt any measure to intervene when the population density is above this threshold [10]. But once the population density is lower than the survival threshold, some corresponding control measures should be performed according to the state of the target species. So the threshold strategy is also called the state feedback control strategy. This strategy can be precisely described by an impulsive differential equation in mathematics [11].

In recent years, impulsive differential equations have been used in various fields [12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20], such as disease control and pharmacology [21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29], integrated pest management [30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38], microbial culture [38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43], and protection of endangered animals and plants [44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51]. For example, Zhang et al. [10] focused on a predator–prey model with impulsive state feedback control and assuming that the spraying pesticide and releasing the natural enemies are taken at different thresholds. Liang et al. [5] investigated a state-dependent impulsive control model for computer virus propagation under media coverage, and the results show that the media coverage can delay the spread of computer virus. Nie et al. [52] studied different types of chemostat ecosystems of microbial cultures. However, there are few studies on the use of impulsive control strategies to protect the endangered species.

*K*is the maximum capacity of the environment,

*r*is the intrinsic growth rate, and \(\frac{a}{cax+1}\) represents the Allee effect caused by mating restrictions. If \(a>\sqrt{\frac{r}{ck}}\), then for system (1), there exists the Allee effect [8]. However, the population number of African wild dogs also depends on the population density at all times in the past. Therefore the investigation of continuous time delay in population dynamics has a great significance. Therefore we consider an African wild dog model with Allee effect and continuous time delay as follows:

*h*, the release of artificial captivity in the African wild dog population is considered as an effective method of protection. So we consider an African wild dog impulsive feedback control model with Allee effect and continuous time delay as follows:

In this work, all the parameters are positive, and \(\int _{0}^{\infty }e^{(-s)}\,ds=1\).

The paper is organized is as follows. In Sect. 2, we first analyze qualitatively the singularity of system (3) without impulse effect by the Bendixson–Dulac theory. Then we use the geometric theory of impulsive differential equations to prove the existence of a periodic orbit. The uniqueness of the periodic orbit of model (3) is proved by the monotonicity of subsequent functions. Meanwhile, the geometric properties of subsequent functions are used to prove the stability of the periodic orbit of system (3) in Sect. 3. In Sect. 4, we illustrate the correctness of the results obtained by some numerical simulations. Finally, we conclude our work.

## 2 Dynamic analysis of system (3)

### 2.1 Qualitative analysis of system (3)

### Theorem 2.1

*If*\((H_{1})\)*holds*, *then the point*\(E^{*}(x^{*},y^{*})\)*is locally asymptotically stable*.

### Proof

Thus the point \(E^{*}(x^{*},y^{*})\) is a locally asymptotically stable node or focus. □

### Theorem 2.2

*If*\((H_{1})\)*and*\((H_{2})\)*hold*, *then the point*\(E^{*}(x^{*},y^{*})\)*is globally asymptotically stable*.

### Proof

### 2.2 Dynamic analysis of an order-one periodic orbit of system (3)

#### 2.2.1 System (3) has a unique periodic orbit

In this subsection, we study the existence and uniqueness of an order-one periodic orbit. We assume that the impulsive set \(M=\{(x,y)\in R_{2}^{+}|x=h,y\geq 0\}\) and phase set \(N=\{(x,y)\in R_{2}^{+}|x=h+p,y\geq 0\}\) are straight lines. The trajectory that starts from any point *A* is denoted by \(f(A,t)\). A positive equilibrium \(E^{*}(x^{*}, y^{*})\) is globally asymptotically stable if conditions \((H_{1})\) and \((H_{2})\) hold.

### Theorem 2.3

### Proof

Case 1. \(0< h< h+p\leq x^{*}\).

*M*and the phase set

*N*are on the left of the point \(E^{*}(x^{*},y^{*})\). The impulsive set

*M*and the phase set

*N*intersect the

*x*-axis at the points \(M^{\prime}(h,0)\) and \(N^{\prime}(h+p,0)\), respectively. The isoclinic line \(\dot{x}=0\) intersects with the

*x*-axis at the point \(E^{\prime}(\tau ,0)\), where

*M*is \(F_{1}(h,y_{F_{1}})\), where

According to the biological background, we only have to study the dynamic behavior of such a system in the region \(\Phi =\{(x,y)|x\geq h,0< y\leq b_{M}-Kx\}\), where \(b_{M}\) is a sufficiently large constant satisfying \(\frac{d\chi }{dt} |_{\chi =0}<0\).

*N*denoted by \(F(h+p,y_{F})\). The point \(F_{1}\) jumps to the point \(F^{1}\) due to the impulse effect. According to the definition of the subsequent function in [5] and the trajectory tend of system (3), the subsequent function of the point

*F*is

The trajectory \(f(N^{\prime},t)\) will have no intersection point with the impulsive set *M*. Thus, the trajectory starting from any point located on the segment \(\overline{FN^{\prime}}\subset N\) is attractive to the positive equilibrium point \(E^{*}\) by impulse effect. The orbit starting from any point that is above the point *F* is also attractive to the point \(E^{*}\) by several impulsive effects at most.

Case 2. \(0< h< x^{*}< h+p< K\)

If \(0< h< x^{*}< h+p< K\) holds, then the point \(E^{*}(x^{*},y^{*})\) is between the impulsive set *M* and the phase set *N*. The isoclinic line \(\dot{x}=0\) intersects the impulsive set *M* at the point \(F_{1}(h,y_{F_{1}})\). The impulsive set *M* intersects the *x*-axis at the point \(M^{\prime}(h,0)\), and the intersection point of the phase set *N* and the *x*-axis is the point \(N^{\prime}(h+p,0)\).

*N*, denoted by \(F(h+p,y_{F})\), where

*F*is

Similarly, the orbit that starts from any point on the segment \(\overline{FN^{\prime}}\subset N\) will tend to the positive equilibrium point \(E^{*}(x^{*},y^{*})\), and the trajectory starting from any point above the point *F* on the phase set *N* will also be attractive to the point \(E^{*}\) by several impulse effects at most.

### Theorem 2.4

*If*\(0< x^{*}\leq h< h+p< K\), *then system* (3) *has an order*-*one periodic orbit*, *and when*\(h+p>\frac{\sqrt{\Lambda }+(brkca-\omega r-br)}{2(brca+\omega Kca)}\), *the order*-*one periodic orbit is unique*.

### Proof

*M*. The phase set

*N*intersects the isoclinic line \(\dot{x}=0\) and \(\dot{y}=0\) at the points \(P(h+p,y_{P})\) and \(H(h+p,\frac{h+p}{b})\), respectively, where

*M*at the point \(H_{1}\), then it hits the impulsive set

*M*at the point \(H^{1}(h+p,y_{H^{1}})\) on the phase set

*N*. The successor point \(H^{1}\) of the point

*H*is surely under the point

*H*, so \(y_{H^{1}}< y_{H}\). Then the subsequent function of the point

*H*is

*M*at the point \(P_{1}\), then jumps to the point \(P^{1}(h+p,y_{P^{1}})\) by the impulsive effect. The successor point \(P^{1}\) of the point

*P*must be above the point

*P*by the trajectory tend of system (3). Thus the subsequent function of the point

*P*is

*S*between the points

*H*and

*F*such that

Now, we prove the uniqueness of the order-one periodic orbit of system (3).

*M*is the point \(G_{1}\). Then the point \(G_{1}\) jumps to the point \(G^{1}\) by impulse effects. The subsequent function of the point

*G*is

*M*is the point \(I_{1}\),.Then the point \(I_{1}\) jumps to the point \(I^{1}\) by impulse effects. The subsequent function of the point

*I*is

*G*and

*I*satisfies

Thus, the successor function is decreasing monotonously on the phase set *N*. So there must exist a unique point *S* such that \(g(S)=0\). This means that the order-one periodic orbit of system (3) is unique. □

## 3 Stability of the order-one periodic solution

### Theorem 3.1

*The periodic orbit of system* (3) *is orbitally asymptotically stable*.

### Proof

By Theorems 2.3 and 2.4 system (3) has a unique order-one periodic orbit between the points *H* and *F*, and \(y_{F}< y_{S}< y_{H}\). Thus \(g(F)>0\) for any \(F\in N\) with \(y_{S}>y_{F}\), \(g(H)<0\) for any \(H\in N\) with \(y_{H}>y_{S}\), and \(g(F)=g(H)=0\) if and only if \(H=F=S\).

*N*. If \(F^{0}\in N/\overline{FS}\), then after several impulse effects, the orbit jumps to the segment \(\overline{FS}\). Hence we assume that \(F^{0}\in \overline{FS}\subset N\). The orbit \(f(F^{0},t)\) hits the impulsive set

*M*at the point \(F_{1}\), then the point \(F_{1}\) jumps to the point \(F^{1}\in N\) after an impulse effect, and

*M*at the point \(F_{2}\), then jumps to the point \(F^{2}\in N\), and

*M*at the point \(F_{3}\), then jumps to the point \(F^{3}\in N\), and

Thus our theoretical results show that releasing the African wild dogs in captivity to the wild is effective for protecting African wild dog population with Allee effect and continuous delay. Therefore, when protecting African wild dogs, we can determine the survival threshold, have African wild dogs in captivity, and monitor the wild populations (the initial value). Then, according to the state feedback of wild white-headed langurs, a certain amount of white-headed langurs in captivity will be released to the wild to increase the number of white-headed langurs in the wild, making the population have a normal reproduction to survive. According to the survival threshold and initial value, we can choose different grazing plans.

## 4 Numerical simulations and conclusion

### 4.1 Numerical simulations

In this section, we verify the correctness of the results by two examples.

### Example 4.1

Then we get the following cases.

### Example 4.2

We verify the feasibility of feedback control strategy by a real-life example.

*K*is 2.2–13.3, the parameter

*a*is 0.6–1.3, and

*c*is 0.5–1.2. Thus, we assume that the initial value of the pack is 2. We determine the minimum survival threshold by monitoring the population of Lycaon pictus in the wild; when the population of Lycaon pictus decreases to 1.5, a certain amount of Lycaon pictus in captivity is released to the wild. Let the parameters \(r=1\), \(K=2.5\), \(a=0.7\), \(c=1\), \(\omega =0.1\), and \(b=1\) (see Fig. 9). Numerical simulation shows that the feedback control strategy can effectively protect the Lycaon pictus population.

### 4.2 Conclusion

In this paper, we studied the African wild dogs impulsive state feedback control model with Allee effect and continuous time delay. By the feedback information of the density of African wild dog population from the monitor we can protect the African wild dog population.

First, we carried on the quantitative and qualitative analysis and obtained two conditions \((H_{1})\) and \((H_{2})\). We proved the global asymptotic stability of the positive equilibrium \(E^{*}(x^{*},y^{*})\) by the Bendixson–Dulac theory.

Then we proved that the existence of an order-one periodic orbit of system (3) by the geometric theory of differential equations. We also proved the uniqueness of the order-one periodic orbit of system (3) by the monotonicity of the successor functions and the Lagrange mean value theorem.

Finally, we studied the orbital asymptotic stability of the order-one periodic orbit by the geometric properties of successor functions. Then we proved that the limit exists by the uniqueness of the order-one periodic orbit and the limit existence theorem.

All the results suggest that the release of artificial captive of African wild dogs can effectively protect the African wild dog population with Allee effect. The determination of the value of the survival threshold *h* involves analyzing the viability of the African wild dog population, which will be our future work.

## Notes

### Authors’ contributions

All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

### Funding

The paper was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11371230, 11501331), Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation, China (No. S2015SF002), SDUST Research Fund (2014TDJH102), and Joint Innovative Center for Safe and Effective Mining Technology and Equipment of Coal Resources, Shandong Province of China.

### Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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