Coconuts can give nesting terns the edge

When it comes to the breeding success of common white terns, “artificial” seems to be better than “natural”. This is the results from a study conducted by researchers from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and colleagues in the Seychelles. Their findings about how well hollowed out coconut husks work as nests are published in African Journal…

What’s on KZN’s crowned eagles’ menu?

  This one’s for bird lovers, especially those who spend their time watching the feathered inhabitants of KwaZulu-Natal. A new study in the Ostrich journal sheds light on exactly what African crowned eagles in the province eat. Remains of 195 collected items of prey were collected from 17 nest sites. Rock hyrax (Procavia capensis), vervet…

Hunting in Africa: to ban or not to ban is the question

Hunting has long been a highly controversial activity, whether as a sport (leisure or recreational), for commercial purposes or if done for cultural reasons. African countries that legalise hunting activities experience scrutiny around their conservation efforts, and how much money they make from it. In an article in The Conversation Africa,  Nkabeng Maruping-Mzileni, a lecturer…

Keep calm and be a blue wildebeest

So just how stressed are blue wildebeest when they are kept in a boma? If you’d like to know the answer, ask Dr Liesel Laubscher of Komatipoort. She used infrared video recorders and biotelemetry belts used by athletes to find out just exactly that, as part of her doctoral research in animal science at Stellenbosch…