A successful Arid Zone Ecology Forum for the Karoo Predator Project

Last week, Justin, Marion, Storme and Marine drove to Springbok in Namaqualand to attend the Arid Zone Ecology Forum (AZEF) 2015 where the three students were due to present their ongoing work.

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Storme perfectly packing the bakkie at UCT before leaving.

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Justin and Storme setting up one of the tents and realizing something went wrong, in Goegap Nature Reserve.

 

 

 

 

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Marion, giving a talk on baboons in the Karoo.

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Marine, presenting her first camera traps results.

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Storme, captivating the audience with a great talk on disease ecology in jackals and caracals in the Karoo.

A special session was dedicated to human-wildlife conflicts and the 15-minutes presentations were successful. Storme’s talk was particularly captivating and her passion and enthusiasm for her research were noticed: she won the first prize for the best oral presentation. Congratulations Storme! We are so proud of you!

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Storme, with a very proud supervisor, after she received her prize for the best oral presentation.

The trip was also a great opportunity to meet with two of the researchers from the Cape Leopard Trust, conducting research on caracals and human-predator conflict mitigation methods.

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Justin with Bogdan and Krisitine from the Cape Leopard Trust, checking a caracal den.

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The team, meeting some of the dogs from the Anatolian Dog Breeding Project created by SanParks.

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Dog feeder created by a very ingenious farmer for the Anatolian guard dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The team is now back to Cape Town where they are resuming their work.

See you at AZEF 2016 next year!

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Zoe (riverine rabbit project), Marion, Marine, Storme and Justin at the campsite in Goegap Nature Reserve.

 

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