The South African Wildlife Management Association (SAWMA) held its annual symposium in the Boland mountains of the Western Cape during the week of 10-14 September. This year’s main theme was “Wildlife Management in the Face of Global Change”. Scientists, students, managers and decision makers in the field of wildlife and natural resource management gathered to present their work and discuss the latest research and management findings in (southern) Africa.
Both Justin and Marine presented their work, but Justin talked about monkey management in Cape Town. Unfortunately, Marion could not present her research on Karoo baboons this year. We also missed Storme who is busy writing up her research at the moment. Marine presented her camera trapping work in a talk titled “Community structure, diversity and distribution of semi-desert mammals and ground birds living on farmland and a protected area” and won the second prize for the PhD presentations.
This year, we were lucky to once again have really interesting keynote speakers. It was great to have the chance to meet and discuss with colleagues from all across the country. The Association did an excellent job in organizing the symposium, which was very successful. Prof. Steven Redpath (University of Aberdeen), Dr. Pip Masters (Envisage Environmental Services, Australia) and Dr. Ben Allen (University of Southern Queensland) joined Justin and some students from iCWild for a post-conference field trip.
The Karoo Predator Project would like to thank SAWMA for the great symposium they organize each year and AfriVet and ESAG for the super cool student prizes!