Wildlife plays important role in maintaining healthy societies and ecosystems
Posted on March 03, 2021
World Wildlife Day is celebrated on 3 March every year and focuses on forest-based livelihoods and seeks to promote forest and forest wildlife management models and practices that accommodate both human well-being and the long-term conservation of forests, forest-dwelling species of wild fauna...
Ground-breaking study reveals colonies of mole-rats communicate with each other in their own dialect
Posted on January 29, 2021
A study by a team of scientists at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin, Germany and the University of Pretoria (UP) has found that naked mole-rats can communicate with one another within their own colony. They do this with a unique dialect that is specific to that...
Fencing-in of Botswana elephants could explain why 350 elephants died in one area, reveals UP-led study
Posted on January 25, 2021
An international study led by the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Professor Rudi van Aarde suggests that the mass die-off of 350 elephants in one area of northern Botswana last year could be attributed to the fencing-in of these animals.
UP alumnus and research associate wins Population Ecology Young Author Award
Posted on November 24, 2020
Dr Chris Oosthuizen, an alumnus of UP’s Department of Zoology and Entomology and a research associate with UP’s Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme, was recently awarded the Population Ecology Young Author Award.
Three UP researchers elected to Academy of Science of South Africa
Posted on October 16, 2020
Three internationally renowned researchers from UP's Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences - Professor Roumen Anguelov, Professor Andre Ganswindt and Professor Sheryl Hendriks - have been elected to the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).
UP Whale Unit to gather data on dwindling southern right whale populations during 41st aerial survey
Posted on September 28, 2020
The Whale Unit at the University of Pretoria’s Mammal Research Institute (MRI) will be conducting this year’s aerial survey of southern right whales from 28 September to mid-October. This is the 41st annual southern right whale photo-identification aerial survey, making it one of the...
Official opening of shared research lab’s new home supports interdisciplinary research at UP
Posted on December 16, 2019
“Interdisciplinary research is a key competency for research-intensive universities such as the University of Pretoria, and we need to enable and amplify interdisciplinary research programmes so that we develop the capacity to respond meaningfully to global change challenges.” These...
Results of 2019 annual aerial survey for southern right whales
Posted on October 14, 2019
The 2019 survey observed the second lowest number of right whales along our shores in October since 1995.
UP assesses the health of southern right whales in aerial survey as study marks 50 years
Posted on October 08, 2019
The Whale Unit of UP's Mammal Research Institute is conducting its annual aerial survey of southern right whales to establish the health of the whale population.
Prof Barend Erasmus appointed as new Dean for NAS
Posted on October 02, 2019
Professor Barend Erasmus has been appointed as the Dean in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) at the University of Pretoria (UP) from 1 October 2019.
2019 southern right whale aerial survey
Posted on September 13, 2019
This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the annual aerial survey of southern right whales conducted by the Whale Unit of the University of Pretoria’s Mammal Research Institute (MRI).
Prof Marthán Bester wins ZSSA Gold Medal
Posted on September 02, 2019
Emeritus Professor Marthán Bester, from the Department of Zoology and Entomology in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP), was awarded the distinguished Gold Medal of the Zoological Society of Southern Africa (ZSSA) at the 39th ZSSA Congress held in...
Two Zoologists announced as Fellows of Royal Society of South Africa
Posted on February 01, 2019
Two renowned researchers from the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria, Prof Armanda Bastos and Prof Marthán Bester have been announced as fellows of the Royal Society of South Africa (RSSAf) for 2019. This brings the total number of RSSAf fellows from the...
UP postdoctoral fellow wins British Ecological Society photography competition
Posted on December 04, 2018
Dr Chris Oosthuizen of the University of Pretoria’s Department of Zoology and Entomology recently won the British Ecological Society’s annual photography competition, Capturing Ecology, which celebrates the diversity of ecology around the world.
Prof Christian Pirk named among world’s top 1% of reviewers in Publons’ global Peer Review Awards
Posted on October 26, 2018
Prof Christian Pirk, Head of the Social Insects Research Group in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria (UP), was recently named a top reviewer in Publons' global Peer Review Awards after having been placed among the top 1% of reviewers in Plant and Animal Science...
Whale Unit 2018 Aerial Survey
Posted on September 25, 2018
The 39th instalment of one of the longest running surveys of any marine mammal is about to start.
Communication is costly in Heaviside's Dolphins
Posted on July 20, 2018
Research led by scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) has shed light on an evolutionary arms race with a twist. This research, conducted by Morgan J. Martin, a PhD student from UP has found that the small Heaviside’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii) selectively switch between...
White rhinos communicate through their ablution habits
Posted on July 19, 2018
A study by a University of Pretoria researcher into the ablution habits of white rhinos in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, has revealed that these animals use their place of defecation to communicate with each other and take decisions that can affect their ecology.
Mammals move less in human-modified landscapes
Posted on February 02, 2018
Mammals move shorter distance in human-modified landscapes, which may affect ecosystems and society.
Unravelling the mysteries of meerkat behaviour
Posted on November 08, 2017
Researchers at the University of Pretoria form part of the Kalahari Meerkat Project in the Northern Cape's Kuruman River Reserve, which has studied groups of wild meerkats for over 20 years.