Sunday, March 04, 2007

Large mammal research

Photo from Okavango Aquarap study, 2000
Researchers from southern and eastern Africa met in late February in Nairobi to discuss declines in African large mammal populations. Professor Owen-Smith of the University of Witswatersrand, Dr Casper Bonyongo from HOORC, and Dr Joseph Ogutu from Kenya’s International Livestock Research Institute met to analyze long term large mammal aerial census data from Kruger National Park, northern Botswana and the Masai Mara region of Kenya. The specialists worked to establish and compare trends in populations and possible relationships with climate and human activities. The results of their analysis will be presented at a symposium to be held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in July 2007.

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