The iconic pangolin

PhD student Wendy Panaino was recently interviewed about her research for World Pangolin Day.

Iconic Journeys

It’s cool to be a giraffe!

The giraffe’s long neck and legs obviously aid it in gaining food from places that other animals can’t reach, but their dolichomorphic shape may provide another advantage too – helping the animal to keep cool in the face of high radiant heat loads. Read more here, and in our latest publication:

Nature News & Comment

MITCHELL G, VAN SITTERT S, ROBERTS D, MITCHELL, D. Body surface area and thermoregulation in giraffes. Journal of Arid Environments 145: 35-42, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2017.05.005

The ups and downs of the Kalahari dunes

Arista Botha, PhD student and research officer in our team, blogs about sunsets, tyre punctures and the other ups and downs of field research:

Physiology in Action

What are the consequences of climate change for aardvarks?

Our recent work on the responses to aardvark in the Kalahari facing a severe drought has received widespread media attention. Read more in the news articles below and our published paper:

Africa Geographic

REY B, FULLER A, MITCHELL D, MEYER LCR, HETEM RS. Drought-induced starvation of aardvarks in the Kalahari: an indirect effect of climate change. Biology Letters 13: 20170301, 2017. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0301

Understanding the intricacies of rhino immobilization

Opioid drugs, which are used for the immobilization of rhinos, result in severe side-effects for the animals. Leith Meyer, our team member from the University of Pretoria, describes some of the work we are doing to understand and improve the physiology of immobilized rhinos.

University of Pretoria - News

Taking thermal physiology to where the wild things are

What’s it like doing surgery on lions in the wild? Our PhD graduate and research veterinarian, Anna Haw, describes her experiences in this guest editorial for the journal Temperature:

Temperature (journal)

The team

Our global team, with its home at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, uses innovative technology to investigate the physiology of free-living mammals facing stressors resulting from environmental change and conservation management interventions.