BACKGROUND : In partnership with the University of Pretoria, the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Carnivore Conservation Programme collared six male and three female free-roaming Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) in the Thabazimbi ...
Hayward, Matt W.; Porter, Laura; Lanszki, Jozsef; Kamler, Jan F.; Beck, Jacalyn M.; Kerley, Graham I.H.; Macdonald, David W.; Montgomery, Robert A.; Parker, Dan M.; Scott, Dawn M.; O'Brien, John; Yarnell, Richard W.(Elsevier, 2017-07)
Prey selection by carnivores can be affected by top-down and bottom-up factors. For example, large carnivores may facilitate food resources for mesocarnivores by providing carcasses to scavenge, however mesocarnivores may ...
Winterbach, Christiaan W.; Somers, Michael J.; Maude, Glyn; Neo-Mahupeleng, Gosiame; Klein, Rebecca; Boast, Lorraine; Rich, Lindsey N.(AOSIS Open Journals, 2017-05-23)
The brown hyaena (Parahyaena brunnea) is endemic to southern Africa. The largest population
of this near-threatened species occurs in Botswana, but limited data were available to assess
distribution and density. Our ...
The Grassland biome of South Africa is ofmajor importance to this country's agriculture,
mining and conservation practices. The extent of urbanisation and economic activity within
this biome has led to the destruction ...
Hayward, Matt W.; Moll, Remington J.; Redilla, Kyle M.; Mudumba, Tutilo; Muneza, Arthur B.; Gray, Steven M.; Abade, Leandro; Millspaugh, Joshua J.; Montgomery, Robert A.(Wiley, 2017-07)
Predators affect prey by killing them directly (lethal effects) and by inducing costly antipredator behaviours in living prey (risk effects). Risk effects can strongly influence prey populations and cascade through trophic ...
Walters, Michele; Crouch, Neil R.; Smith, Gideon F.; Figueiredo, Estrela(British Cactus and Succulent Society, 2016)
A new Kalanchoe species, K. winteri
Gideon F.Sm., N.R.Crouch & Mich.Walters, is described
from rocky grasslands of the Wolkberg region
of Limpopo province, South Africa. The
species is closely allied to both K. ...
Somers, Michael J.; Kerley, Graham I.H.; Behrens, Kevin G.; Carruthers, Jane; Diemont, Marius; Du Plessis, Jurie; Minnie, Liaan; Richardson, Philip R.K.; Tambling, Craig J.; Turpie, Jane; Van Niekerk, Hermias N.; Balfour, Dave(Academy of Science of South Africa, 2017-03)
Predation of livestock in South Africa has been estimated to cost in excess of ZAR1 billion in losses per
year1 and has complex social, economic and ecological drivers and consequences. In this context, livestock
can be ...
Gaugris, Jerome Yves; Miabangana, Edmond Sylvestre; Nsongola, Gilbert; Orban, Ben; Van Rooyen, Margaretha; Van Rooyen, Noel(Innovative Space of Scientific Research Journals, 2017-01)
The zone of study is located north of Pointe noire town, in the Department of Kouilou, in Republic of Congo. In
order to better understand the floristic richness and chorology of the study site of interest, an analysis ...
Winterbach, Christiaan W.; Somers, Michael J.; Ferreira, Sam M.; Funston, Paul J.(PeerJ, 2016-12-22)
BACKGROUND: The range, population size and trend of large carnivores are important parameters to assess their status globally and to plan conservation strategies. One can use linear models to assess population size and ...
Eight bat species were recorded at Gatkop Cave,
in the northern part of South Africa in December 2011
(Cloeotis percivali, Hipposideros caffer, Myotis tricolor,
Miniopterus natalensis, Nycteris thebaica, Rhinolophus
Hayward, Matt W.; Ward-Fear, Georgia; ’Hotellier, Felicity L.; Herman, Kerryn; Kabat, Alexander P.; Gibbons, James P.(Wiley, 2016-12)
Ecosystem engineers directly or indirectly affect the availability of resources
through changing the physical state of biotic and/or abiotic materials. Fossorial
ecosystem engineers have been hypothesized as affecting ...
1. Large carnivores are a critical component of Africa’s biodiversity, and their
conservation requires a clear understanding of interactions between large
carnivores and people.
2. By reviewing existing literature, we ...
Our study aimed to identify the broad effects of native fossorial species on leaf litter, and make
inferences about their mechanistic influence on fire behavior using simulation models (Hayward et al.,
2016). This ...
Somers, Michael J.; Lanszki, Jozsef; Lehoczky, Istvan; Kotze, Antoinette(PeerJ, 2016-08-18)
Knowledge of the effect of habitat type and region on diet and feeding behaviours of
a species facilitates a better understanding of factors impacting populations, which
contributes to effective conservation management. ...
Fisheries bycatch—the incidental catch of non-target species during fishing—is problematic for large marine vertebrates. Bather protection programmes that use gillnets to kill sharks cause the incidental mortality of ...
Labuschagne, Lushka; Keith, Mark; Swanepoel, Lourens Hendrik; Taylor, Peter John; Belmain, Steven R.(Elsevier, 2016-10)
Worldwide rodent pests are of significant economic and health importance. Controlling rodent pests will,
therefore, not only benefit food security but also human and animal health. While rodent pests are most
Venter, Jan A.; Pfeiffer, Morgan B.; Downs, Colleen T.(Cambridge University Press, 2015-09)
Declines in Old World vulture populations have been linked to anthropogenic pressures. To
assess these threats, the social dimensions of vulture conservation must be explored. Prior
research in Africa focused on commercial ...
Zambia is either customary land (94%) under some measure of
control by chiefs and headmen, or state land (6%), comprising
protected areas and land held under 99-year leasehold. Protected
areas and their resources are ...
Reintroductions have been increasingly used in carnivore conservation. Animal
movement influences fitness and survival and is the first behavioural response of
reintroduced animals to „forced dispersal‟ in a new habitat. ...
Wiesel, Ingrid; Edwards, Sarah; Gange, Alan C.(Elsevier, 2016-01)
Discussions regarding the importance of accounting for detection probability have long been
present in ecological literature. Various studies have demonstrated the influence of survey
design on detection probabilities, ...