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, ...
Pretorius, Yolanda; Van der Waal, Cornelis; De Kroon, Hans; Van Langevelde, Frank; De Boer, Willem; Heitkönig, Ignas M. A.; Slotow, Rob(Springer, 2016-08)
The scale of resource heterogeneity may
influence how resources are locally partitioned between
co-existing large and small organisms such as trees and
grasses in savannas. Scale-related plant responses may, in
Davies-Mostert, Harriet T.; Tensen, Laura; Groom, R.J. (Rosemary); Van Belkom, Joep; Marnewick, Kelly; Jansen van Vuuren, Bettine J.(Springer, 2016-08)
The Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA) is one of the last refuges for the endangered
African wild dog and hosts roughly one-tenth of the global population. Wild dogs in this area are currently
Hayward, Matt W.; Ripple, William J.; Meloro, Carlo; Roth, V. Louise; Van Valkenburgh, Blaire(National Academy of Sciences, 2016-01)
Large mammalian terrestrial herbivores, such as elephants, have
dramatic effects on the ecosystems they inhabit and at high
population densities their environmental impacts can be devastating.
Pleistocene terrestrial ...
Davies-Mostert, Harriet T.; Mills, Michael G.L. (Gus); Macdonald, David W.(Southern African Wildlife Management Association, 2015-09)
Long-term demographic data are central for the evaluation of endangered species recovery
plans. We present the demography and dynamics of a managed African wild dog (Lycaon
pictus) metapopulation in South Africa, based ...
Winterbach, Christiaan W.; Somers, Michael J.; Whitesell, Carolyn(Public Library of Science, 2015-08-26)
Wildlife tourism can provide economic incentives for conservation. Due to the abundance of
wildlife and the presence of charismatic species some areas are better suited to wildlife
tourism. Our first objective was to ...
The distribution of the brown hyaena (Hyaena brunnea) in southern Africa overlaps widely
with commercial livestock ranching.As a direct result,both perceived and confirmed conflict
with farmers occurs and hyaenas are ...