Browsing Research Articles (Mammal Research Institute) by UP Author "Somers, Michael J."

Browsing Research Articles (Mammal Research Institute) by UP Author "Somers, Michael J."

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  • Allen, Benjamin L.; Allen, Lee R.; Ballard, Guy; Drouilly, Marine; Fleming, Peter J.S.; Hampton, Jordan O.; Hayward, Matt W.; Kerley, Graham I.H.; Meek, Paul D.; Minnie, Liaan; O'Riain, M. Justin; Parker, Daniel M.; Somers, Michael J. (Elsevier, 2019-04)
    Introducing consumptive and non-consumptive effects into food webs can have profound effects on individuals, populations and communities. This knowledge has led to the deliberate use of predation and/or fear of predation ...
  • Jordaan, Rowan K.; McIntyre, Trevor; Somers, Michael J.; Bester, Marthan Nieuwoudt (Southern African Wildlife Management Association, 2015-10)
    We studied the diet of Cape clawless otters (Aonyx capensis) at three sites along the eastern and southern coast of South Africa to assess possible spatial variation along a community species richness and biomass gradient ...
  • Allen, Benjamin L.; Allen, Lee R.; Ballard, Guy; Drouilly, Marine; Fleming, Peter J.S.; Hampton, Jordan O.; Hayward, Matt W.; Kerley, Graham I.H.; Meek, Paul D.; Minnie, Liaan; O'Riain, M. Justin; Parker, Daniel M.; Somers, Michael J. (Elsevier, 2019-08)
    The use of large carnivores and guardian dogs as biocontrol tools against other animals is increasingly recommended despite an absence of assessments of their welfare effects. We provided the first attempt at such an ...
  • Kerley, Graham I.H.; Behrens, Kevin G.; Carruthers, Jane; Diemont, Marius; Du Plessis, Jurie; Minnie, Liaan; Somers, Michael J.; Tambling, Craig J.; Turpie, Jane; Wilson, Sharon; Balfour, Dave (Academy of Science of South Africa, 2019-05-29)
    After at least two millennia of human–wildlife conflict over the predation of livestock in South Africa1, the recently completed scientific assessment on livestock predation2 (PredSA) brings the power of a formal ...
  • Webber, Judith T.; Henley, Michelle D.; Pretorius, Yolanda; Somers, Michael J.; Ganswindt, Andre (AOSIS Open Journals, 2018-06-12)
    BACKGROUND : Faecal hormone metabolite measurement is a widely used tool for monitoring reproductive function and response to stressors in wildlife. Despite many advantages of this technique, the delay between defaecation, ...
  • Gusset, Markus; Maddock, Anthony H.; Gunther, Glenn J.; Szykman, Micaela; Slotow, Robert; Walters, Michele; Somers, Michael J. (Springer, 2008)
    In South Africa, a plan was launched to manage separate sub-populations of endangered African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) in several small, geographically isolated, conservation areas as a single meta-population. This intensive ...
  • Jordaan, Rowan Keith; Somers, Michael J.; McIntyre, Trevor (Associazione Teriologica Italiana, 2017-09-04)
    Latrine use and behaviour at latrines have been studied in numerous otter species, but not African clawless otters, Aonyx capensis. We set up trail cameras at two latrines near Dullstroom, South Africa. On several ...
  • Hayward, Matt W.; Callen, Alex; Allen, Benjamin L.; Ballard, Guy; Broekhuis, Femke; Bugir, Cassandra K.; Clarke, Rohan H.; Clulow, John; Clulow, Simon; Daltry, Jennifer C.; Davies-Mostert, Harriet T.; Fleming, Peter J.S.; Griffin, Andrea S.; Howell, Lachlan G.; Kerley, Graham I.H.; Klop-Toker, Kaya L.; Legge, Sarah; Major, Tom; Meyer, Ninon; Montgomery, Robert A.; Moseby, Katherine; Parker, Daniel M.; Periquet, Stephanie; Read, John; Scanlon, Robert J.; Seeto, Rebecca G.Y.; Shuttleworth, Craig M.; Somers, Michael J.; Tamessar, Cottrell T.; Tuft, Katherine; Upton, Rose M.O.; Valenzuela-Molina, Marcia; Wayne, Adrian; Witt, Ryan R.; Wuster, Wolfgang (Wiley, 2019-08)
    Compassionate conservation focuses on 4 tenets: first, do no harm; individuals matter; inclusivity of individual animals; and peaceful coexistence between humans and animals. Recently, compassionate conservation has been ...
  • Isaacs, Lisa; Somers, Michael J.; Dalerum, Fredrik (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013-03)
    Savannah ecosystems exhibit constant transitions between states dominated by trees and states dominated by a combination of trees and grasses. Transitions between these states are driven by interactions between fire and ...
  • Devens, C.H. (Carolyn); Hayward, Matt W.; Tshabalala, Thulani; Dickman, Amy; McManus, Jeannine S.; Smuts, Bool; Somers, Michael J. (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
    Apex predators play a critical role in maintaining the health of ecosystems but are highly susceptible to habitat degradation and loss caused by land-use changes, and to anthropogenic mortality. The leopard Panthera pardus ...
  • Marneweck, Courtney; Becker, P.A.; Beverley, G.; Davies-Mostert, Harriet T.; Du Plessis, C.; Forssman, K.R. (Katherine); Graf, J.; Gusset, M.; Hofmeyr, M.; Kelly, C.; Kilian, P.J.; Marchal, A.F.J.; Marneweck, David G.; Marnewick, K.; Owen, C.; Postiglione, G.; Slotow, R.; Somers, Michael J.; Szykman, G.M.; Van Dyk, G.; Whittington-Jones, B.; Parker, D.M. (Wiley, 2019-10)
    Social integration is an important factor when reintroducing group‐living species, but examples of the formation of social groups before reintroduction are largely lacking. African wild dogs Lycaon pictus are endangered, ...
  • Marneweck, David G.; Druce, Dave J.; Somers, Michael J. (Springer, 2019-05)
    Understanding factors that affect the reproductive output and growth of a population of endangered carnivores is key to providing information for their effective conservation. Here, we assessed patterns in reproduction for ...
  • Purdon, Jean; Parr, Catherine L.; Somers, Michael J. (PeerJ, 2019-01)
    In savannas, grazing is an important disturbance that modifies the grass layer structure and composition. Habitat structural complexity influences species diversity and assemblage functioning. By using a combination of ...
  • Somers, Michael J.; Walters, Michele; Measey, John; Strauss, W. Maartin; Turner, Andrew A.; Venter, Jan A.; Nel, Lizanne; Kerley, Graham I.H.; Taylor, W. Andrew; Moodley, Yoshan (Academy of Science of South Africa, 2020-01-29)
    The Government Gazette No. 42464 dated 17 May 20191 amended Table 7 of the Animal Improvement Act (Act no. 62 of 1998), which lists breeds of animals, to include at least 32 new wild animal species, including 24 indigenous ...
  • Milupi, I.D. (Inonge); Somers, Michael J.; Ferguson, Willem (Wiley, 2019-07)
    We propose improvements for addressing the inadequate sustainable use of wildlife resources in the community‐based natural resource management (CBNRM) programme in game management areas (GMAs) using case study data from ...
  • Strampelli, Paolo; Andresen, Leah; Everatt, K.T. (Kristoffer); Somers, Michael J.; Rowcliffe, J. Marcus (Cambridge University Press, 2018-09)
    Rigorous status estimates of populations of large carnivores are necessary to inform their management and help evaluate the effectiveness of conservation interventions. The African leopard Panthera pardus faces rising ...
  • Conradie, Shannon R.; Hall, Grant; Somers, Michael J.; McIntyre, Trevor (Southern African Wildlife Management Association, 2019)
    Animal-mediated nutrient transfer facilitates nutrient cycling in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems via the deposition of aquatically-derived nutrients such as nitrogen (N) and carbon (C). This mode of nutrient ...
  • Weise, Florian Johannes; Hauptmeier, Helmut; Stratford, Ken J.; Hayward, Matt W.; Aal, Konstantin; Heuer, Marcus; Tomeletso, Mathata; Wulf, Volker; Somers, Michael J.; Stein, Andrew B. (Frontiers Media, 2019-01-25)
    Across Africa, lions (Panthera leo) are heavily persecuted in anthropogenic landscapes. Trans-disciplinary research and virtual boundaries (geofences) programmed into GPS-tracking transmitters offer new opportunities to ...
  • Weise, Florian Johannes; Tomeletso, Mathata; Stein, Andrew B.; Somers, Michael J.; Hayward, Matt W. (MDPI, 2020-04)
    Lion predation on cattle causes severe human–wildlife conflict that results in retaliatory persecution throughout the lion’s geographic range. Cattle closely resemble the body size, shape, and herding patterns of preferred ...
  • Milupi, I.D. (Inonge); Somers, Michael J.; Ferguson, J. Willem H. (Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa, 2017-12)
    The aim of this study was to investigate the scope of local ecological knowledge (LEK) in the Lupande and Mumbwa Game Management Areas (GMAs) of Zambia and to assess the extent to which such knowledge has been used in ...