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About Us

By improving our understanding of how free-living mammals function, the Wildlife Conservation Physiology team at the University of the Witwatersrand aims to contribute to informed conservation and management of arid-zone mammals.


We have two main research themes:

  1. to understand the physiological plasticity available to free-living mammals to cope with climate change,

  2. to improve the physiological welfare of mammals during conservation management practices, such as immobilization and translocation.

Kalahari Endangered Ecosystem Project

K.E.E.P is an ongoing, multidisciplinary study that takes into account that key Kalahari species interact with each other in complex food webs, and may respond differently to the direct and indirect effects of climate change.

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