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  • Researchers discover many predators roam private land in Limpopo

    Posted on March 11, 2022

    Scientists have studied wild carnivores roaming protected areas for a long time, but predator numbers in unprotected areas remained unclear until recently. In Platjan, Limpopo, where farmers share the land with leopards and other predators, researchers led by Philip Faure have now tracked these...

  • #WORLDWILDLIFEDAY: Understanding wildlife as a way to save them

    Posted on March 03, 2022

    Understanding wildlife as a way to save them, Profs Adrian M Shrader and Chris Weldon, UP Department of Zoology and Entomology

  • WWF and UP team up to keep watch on southern right whales

    Posted on March 01, 2022

    UP’s Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit and WWF South Africa are teaming up to support research on southern right whales in response to warming oceans and changes to ocean processes which are affecting the number of whales visiting SA's shores.

  • WELCOME TO NAS: Dr Mohlamatsane Mokhatla

    Posted on February 23, 2022

    Dr Mohlamatsane Mokhatla started his career at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences on 1 January 2022.

  • Overzealous tourists could cause stress to African penguin chicks – UP-led study finds

    Posted on February 16, 2022

    A study by a team of scientists led by the University of Pretoria (UP) has revealed that the close interaction of tourists with African penguin chicks could cause stress among these birds.

  • UP study finds that lions hunt particular cattle types

    Posted on February 09, 2022

    When wild lions sneak up on a herd of cattle to grab an easy meal, the dice seem to be loaded more heavily against certain herd members, which are more likely than the others to be killed and eaten, according to a new study conducted by scientists from the University of Pretoria (UP).

  • Better prediction of tiny bloodsuckers to protect livestock

    Posted on December 20, 2021

    Most South Africans love eating meat, but animal diseases regularly threaten a constant, affordable supply.

  • Can elephants smell water?

    Posted on December 16, 2021

    Water is a vital resource for mammals. This is especially true for African elephants that generally drink every day but can go two to three days between drinks. As they have an exceptional sense of smell, it has been suggested that elephants may locate water using olfactory cues. However, there...

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