Holy moley holes

For her Masters, Grace Warner is investigating the potential role of microclimates in buffering organisms against climate change. Read more here:

Suzuki Blog

Kruger Park workshop

With the support of the Society for Experimental Biology and the Independent Research Fund Denmark, we held a very successful workshop on wildlife conservation physiology in the Kruger National Park in 2022:

SEB blog

Pangolin pups

As part of her PhD work, Wendy Panaino had the incredible opportunity to spend time with pangolin pups at Tswalu. Read more here:

Tswalu blog

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:

Scientific American

Science Daily

WEYER NM, FULLER A, HAW A, MEYER LCR, MITCHELL D, PICKER MD, REY B, HETEM RS. Increased diurnal activity is indicative of energy deficit in a nocturnal mammal, the aardvark. Frontiers in Physiology 11: 637, 2020. DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2020.00637

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

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

Kalahari Endangered Ecosystem Project

An ambitious project to understand the impacts of climate change on the Kalahari ecosystem by investigating the responses of multiple index species to environmental change.

Tswalu Foundation

As temperatures rise, meerkat pups feel the heat

News feature on our recent paper, led by postdoc Tanja van de Ven and in collaboration with Tim Clutton-Brock, from the University of Cambridge, revealing that the growth and survival of meerkat pups in the Kalahari is threatened by climate change. Read more here:


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

Using science to improve the safety of lion immobilization

Our team conducted research in the Kruger National Park to investigate novel immobilizing drug combinations to facilitate the capture of free-ranging lions for conservation management, monitoring and research purposes.

University of Pretoria - News

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.