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A highly productive, research-oriented department with a strong focus on the biodiversity, biology, and conservation of the southern African fauna.

Mediterranean fruit fly

Mediterranean fruit fly

Trophallaxis between honeybees

Trophallaxis between honeybees

Pied kingfishers

Pied kingfishers

Welcome to the Department of Zoology and Entomology!

We are a highly productive, research-oriented department with a strong focus on biodiversity, evolutionary biology, systematics and conservation of the southern African fauna, along with the classical disciplines of physiology, behaviour and ecology. There is a major emphasis on mammals from mole-rats to seals in the Mammal Research Institute (MRI), and also on elephants (Conservation Ecology Research Unit: CERU). Other research groups focus on animal and ecosystem responses to climate change, restoration ecology, avian ecophysiology and molecular zoology. Entomological research includes honeybee behaviour and conservation (Social Insect Research Group: SIRG), and biologically-based pest and vector managment.


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Undergraduate Programmes

Find out about our Undergraduate Programmes in Ecology, Entomology and Zoology

Postgraduate Programmes

Find out about our Honours, MSc and PhD Programmes in Entomology and Zoology

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