Even though mammalian carnivores are extremely ecologically diverse, competition within the guild can be intense, as carnivores are both
morphologically and behaviourally adapted for killing. Our understanding of the extent and effect of carnivore interactions is heavily biased
towards canids in the northern hemisphere where the focus of research has mainly been on the role of direct killing. The majority of studies
on carnivore intra-guild competition have also only focused on the interactions between pairs of carnivores, completely overlooking the
interactions occurring among subordinate carnivores. Therefore, the ways in which multiple carnivore species utilize and partition space and
resources in small, enclosed reserves in South Africa is currently poorly understood. As a result, the focus of my PhD is going to be to investigate
the complex interactions of a multi-carnivore community in a small enclosed reserve in South Africa (Selati Game Reserve, Limpopo Province).
The outcomes of this research will help gain a better understanding of the ecological needs of species in enclosed reserves which will benefit
the conservation of biodiversity.
| Jess Comley (PhD Student)