Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Karoo Predator Project will be at the AZEF 2015

Come and meet us during the Arid Zone Ecology Forum! Dr. Marion Tafani, Marine Drouilly, Strome Viljoen and Prof. Justin O’Riain will present their work during the 4-day conference held at the Goegap Nature Reserve in Springbok, South Africa in … Continue reading

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Some news from the French photographers

Nathalie Houdin and Denis Palanque are working hard on their Project and the photos they took during the two sessions they spent with us on the Karoo Predator Project in the field. Canon invited them to give conferences at the … Continue reading

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Baboon capture – welcome to the Project, Ricotta!

This morning, I received a great message from Marion, who is having a little break from the lab work. She would like to introduce us to “Ricotta”, a newly-collared Karoo baboon. Ricotta is a small adult female of 11.5kg – light … Continue reading

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Baboon-farmer conflict research

While the sheep dogs are working hard to protect sheep from jackals and other predators, our post doc, Marion, is working on evaluating the conflict severity between farmers and baboons in the Karoo. As a reminder: Marion collected hair samples and bones … Continue reading

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Successful dog, successful farmer

Hi everyone, Today, we are happy to share with you some feedback received from one of the farmers we’ve been working with from the beginning of the Project, Lukas Botes. He took on the responsibility to train and use a guard dog … Continue reading

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Successful farmers’ meeting in Beaufort West

Prof. Beatrice Conradie and Dr. Marion Tafani were present at Beaufort West Farmers’ Meeting to continue informing farmers about the ongoing work and first results in the Karoo. Thanks to the Department of Agriculture for inviting us!  

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Viruses, bacteria and worms, Oh my!

Time is slowly marching on as Storme, disease ecologist and newly initiated molecular biologist, puts in hard hours in the laboratory back at the University of Cape Town. Preliminary results from the examination of blood slides has shown that there … Continue reading

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