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The ecology and parasitology of small mammals from selected sites in Swaziland.
The study was initially a long term study of the ecology of small mammals at Mlawula Nature Reserve in the eastern part of Swaziland. Due to the drought and dwindling numbers of rodents in the reserve the study was ...
Flexibility in metabolic rate in a small Afrotropical bird Zosterops virens.
The scientific literature contains hundreds of studies on avian basal metabolic rate (BMR), many of which assumed that BMR was fixed for each species. Yet those from the last few decades have shown avian BMR to be a flexible ...
The comparative ecology of Natal's smaller estuaries.
Fifty one of Natal's 73 estuaries have been almost completely overlooked in terms of any scientific study, despite which a marine nursery function has commonly been attributed to each of them. In the knowledge that many ...
The habitat, nesting and foraging requirements of southern ground-hornbills in the Kruger National Park.
Southern ground-hornbills Bucorvus leadbeateri are large, terrestrial, carnivorous birds that inhabit the savanna and bushveld habitats of much of Africa, south of the equator. They were once prevalent in north-eastern ...
Aspects of the ecology of trumpeter hornbill (bycanistes bucinator) across urban-forest mosaics in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
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The influences of plant secondary metabolites on the foraging behaviour and carrying capacities of the african elephant, loxodonta africana.
Herbivore diet selection is influenced by plant quality and availability. For browsing and mixed-feeding herbivores, such as elephants, which consume trees and shrubs, plant quality is influenced by the concentrations of ...
Olfactory communication of the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)
Many mammal species communicate olfactorily via specialised scent glandular secretions, urine and/or dung. Despite a large body of work on olfactory communication, the extent to which mammals communicate via dung odours, ...
Varying degrees of fear : how do large herbivores adjust their anti-predator behaviour in response to different predators?
Large predators are returning to areas where they have previously been absent through both predator reintroductions and natural range expansion. As a result, these re/introductions are changing the nature of predator-prey ...
Key factors driving the foraging ecology of Oribi : fear, cattle and the quality and quantity of food.
Body size and digestive physiology are two factors that influence herbivores foraging behaviour, habitat use and potential to compete with other animals. The aim of this study was to determine how seasonal changes in grass ...
Spatial and reproductive ecology and population status of the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) in the Lake St Lucia estuarine system, South Africa.
The Lake St Lucia estuarine system, Africa’s largest and oldest protected estuary, also contains the largest Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) population in a single waterbody in South Africa. We investigated the ...