The continued development of ecotourism and conservation in southern Africa has brought
with it an increase in the amount of land set aside for conservation and has been associated
with the re-introduction of animals that had previously been extirpated from the region.
This development, and particularly the re-introduction of large carnivores and
herbivores, has created the need for research that will firstly provide important
information for reserve managers and secondly generate novel and fundamental information
on the biology of the species.
The aim of the Wildlife and Reserve Management Research Group is to meet this need
for information and to utilise the research opportunities to train postgraduate students.
The Wildlife and Reserve Management Research Group comprises staff and postgraduate students at several Universities.
Although initially formed to address
the need for focused research within the Eastern Cape Province,
the research group now has a broad student base addressing
ecological questions throughout southern Africa.