• Study: KNP hyaenas ‘explore’ rather than actively scavenge human sites

    https://doi.org/10.1080/15627020.2018.1518728   Hyaenas at the Kruger National Park visit human occupied areas for reasons other than just food scraps and waste, a recent study has found. Hyaenas have a bad reputation as unscrupulous scavengers with a creepy nocturnal ‘laugh’. Researchers from the University of Pretoria Mammal Research Institute have found that visits by spotted hyaena […]

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  • Call for Nominations now open

    ZSSA members, it is time to call for nominations for the Biennial ZSSA awards/grants. We are calling on you to consider nominating suitable receivers of the awards below. The Gold Medal Award The Gold Medal award is presented biennially by the ZSSA Council for outstanding achievements in Zoology in Southern Africa over several years.  Such […]

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  • Invasive mussels: findings for intertidal can’t be translated to subtidal

    By Dane McDonald: Researchers have sounded the warning that findings for invasive mussels on South Africa’s rocky shores cannot ‘simply’ be translated into findings for sub tidal regions. In a recent study Dr Tammy Robinson and her research colleagues found that invasion patterns for Mytilus galloprovincialis and Semimytilus algosus in the ‘subtidal’ regions on the […]

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