Dr Florian Weise

German-born wildlife researcher Dr Florian Weise was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Wildlife Management and its Mammal Research Institute from 2016 to 2018.

He has also served as programme manager and principal investigator for the CLAWS Conservancy Pride in Our Prides lion conservation and research programme in northern Botswana and is Resident Scientist at the Ongava Research Centre in Namibia.

He began his studies at the Mweka College of African Wildlife Management in Tanzania in 2004, and later obtained his MSc and PhD degrees from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK for his studies on elephant behaviour and carnivore translocations into free-range environments in Namibia.

Dr Weise has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and is currently Associate Editor of the Namibian Journal of Environment.
More information on his research can be found at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Florian-Weise or ORCID iD: 0000 0002 6331 5216

Research by Dr Florian Weise

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    UP study finds that lions hunt particular cattle types

    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).

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    Domesticated cattle are fast food for lions

    Lions show specific preferences for particular cattle types. They exploit cattle when available and repeatedly kill cattle in areas where they are left unguarded or unprotected, also targeting animals that are easiest to catch. Lion populations across Africa have dropped precipitously over the past century, putting them at risk of local extinction in some areas, especially when they move out of...

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