The short-term effectiveness of various deterrents designed to reduce crop foraging by primates

Crop foraging is a major driver of negative interactions between farmers and wildlife. In this new paper, we investigate the effectiveness of six different methods designed to deter primates from crop foraging on commercial farms in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. We tested rubber snakes, a leopard model, bioacoustics sounds, human sounds, bee sounds andContinue reading “The short-term effectiveness of various deterrents designed to reduce crop foraging by primates”

Using camera traps to assess waterhole activity

Intern, Isuare, developed and conducted her own project looking at waterhole activity on AWCRC using camera trap data. Isuare joined us from Agrocampus Ouest, France and completed a five-month internship. Using camera traps placed at waterholes on the property, Isuare decided to focus on the presence and activity of the Mountain Reedbuck, a species classifiedContinue reading “Using camera traps to assess waterhole activity”

Baboon Crop Preferences

Intern, Constance, joined our long-term project assessing baboon crop preference. Constance completed a five-month internship with us from Agrocampus Ouest, France. Crop preference is an experimental project that aims to determine which crops are preferred by baboons and consequently may be more vulnerable to raiding. To do this we are running a series of experimentsContinue reading “Baboon Crop Preferences”

Electric fence mortalities; the shocking reality

Electric fences have been used in wildlife management since the 1930s and have increased in popularity in recent decades among landowners. The use of electric fences is popular within our study area with farmers using electric fences to define property boundaries as well as protect crops from wildlife and enclose livestock or game. Whilst itContinue reading “Electric fence mortalities; the shocking reality”

A year in the life of a troop of Dump baboons

During 2020, PhD student Topu Rahman from Durham University, UK conducted his fieldwork at AWCRC studying the effects of human waste food on the behaviour and hormonal responses of a wild chacma baboon troop. After habituating a troop of baboons that spends time at the local dump, Rahman and his team of research assistants recordedContinue reading “A year in the life of a troop of Dump baboons”