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An internship in the Kalahari

Juliet Everson, an undergraduate from Cambridge University, recently completed an internship with our team, helping researchers in the Kalahari, and shared her experience with us:

Physiology in action

Reducing the risk of anaesthetic-related deaths in immobilised rhino

A paper published by Peter Buss as part of his PhD work was awarded the 2018 Elsevier Prize for the best article published in the journal Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. Leith Meyer, who supervised Peter Buss together with Andrea Fuller, explains the importance of the work.

University of Pretoria - News

BUSS P, MILLER M, FULLER A, HAW A, STOUT E, OLEA-POPELKA F, MEYER LCR. Post-induction butorphanol administration alters oxygen consumption to improve blood gases in etorphine-immobilized white rhinoceros. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia 45:57-67, 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaa.2017.03.008

Cheetahs cannot fool biologgers

News feature on our recent paper using biologging to reveal new insights on the physiology and behaviour of cheetahs.

Conservation Physiology in Action

HETEM RS, MITCHELL D, DE WITT BA, FICK LG, MALONEY SK, MEYER LCR, FULLER A. Body temperature, activity patterns, and hunting in free-living cheetah: biologging reveals new insights. Integrative Zoology 14:30-47, 2019. DOI: 10.1111/ 1749-4877.12341

My Tswalu Kalahari experience

NRF intern, Valery Phakoago, describes her first experience of field research in the Kalahari, at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve.

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

Gizmodo.com

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

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 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.