WITS – African Rock Python Research

Prof Graham Alexander – University of the Witwatersrand Graham has also launched a collaborative project:  “During 2010, May was the month when things got really frantic. We were finding mating pairs every few days, and we expect more of the same this year.” During this time, male Puff Adders move great distances searching for mates and are…

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Sze-Wing Yiu conducts research in DGR

Research on predator-prey dynamics in Dinokeng Game Reserve The reintroduction of lions into Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve in 2011 provided a unique opportunity to do research. Under supervision of Dr.LeszekKarczmarski (The University of the Hong Kong), Dr. Mark Keith (University of Pretoria) and Dr. Francesca Parrini (University of the Witwatersrand), Sze-Wing Yiu conducted her…

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ICEE Goes Wild

The 11th annualInternational Conference on Environmental Enrichment (ICEE) was recently hosted by the NZG from 14-18 October 2013 and offered delegates a first-time in situ hands-on conference experience. The conference, held at the Kwalata Game Ranch just north of Pretoria, brought together like-minded conservationists and introduced them to new knowledge of environmental enrichment methods and…

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About the Dinokeng Game Reserve

After more than a decade of planning, the Dinokeng Game Reserve was opened in September 2011 by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane. The 18 500ha reserve is located to the north of Pretoria and is a cooperative effort between the Gauteng government and the private sector. The reserve partly made up of properties belonging to numerous…

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Assessing bat (Chiroptera) diversity on Kwalata

Kwalata were pleased to accommodate Michael Pierce in the Research Station during his study on bats in the Gauteng Area. In this study Michael assessed bat (Chiroptera) diversity on Kwalata Game Ranch (KGR) in Gauteng, South Africa. I investigated the influence of habitat heterogeneity, specifically vegetation type and level of cover, on the local bat assemblage structure….

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