Technical Papers

AN ASSESSMENT OF THE ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CONSERVATION VALUE OF THE WILDLIFE RANCHING INDUSTRY AND ITS POTENTIAL TO SUPPORT THE GREEN ECONOMY IN SOUTH AFRICA. Andrew Taylor, Peter Lindsey and Harriet Davies-Mostert. With contributions from: Matthew Child, Ian Little, Greg Martindale and Samantha Page click


Scoping Report: Investigating the challenges facing compliance monitoring and enforcement of South Africa's Biodiversity Legislation and Recommendations for Improvement - October 2012 click


Other Articles

Reassessing the Red Data List of Mammals for South Africa click


Peer-reviewed publications and proceedings


Darcy Ogada1, Phil Shaw2, Rene L. Beyers3, Ralph Buij4, Campbell Murn5, Jean Marc Thiollay6, Colin M. Beale7, Ricardo M. Holdo8, Derek Pomeroy9, Neil Baker10, Sonja C. Kru¨ ger11, Andre Botha12, Munir Z. Virani13, Ara Monadjem14, & Anthony R. E. Sinclair15. Another Continental Vulture Crisis: Africa’s Vultures Collapsing toward Extinction. Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology. click

Kioko J, Kiffner C, Phillips P, Patterson-Abrolat C, Collinson W and S Katers. 2015. Driver knowledge and attitudes on animal vehicle collisions in Northern Tanzania. Tropical Conservation Science. 8: 352-366.Download.

Little IT, Hockey PAR and R Jansen. 2015. Predation drives nesting success in moist highland grasslands: the importance of maintaining vegetation cover for bird conservation. Ostrich. Abstract.
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Shilling F, Perkins SE and W Collinson. 2015. Wildlife/roadkill observation and reporting systems. In: Handbook of Road Ecology, edited by R van der Ree, DJ Smith and C Grilo.  Book chapter.
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Whittington-Jones B and H Davies-Mostert. 2015. Case Study: African Wild Dogs and the fragmentation menace. In: Handbook of Road Ecology, edited by R van der Ree, DJ Smith and C Grilo.  Book chapter.
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Collinson W, Parker D, Patterson-Abrolat C, Alexander G and H Davies-Mostert.  2015. Setjhaba SA, South Afrika: A South African perspective of an emerging transport infrastructure.  In: Handbook of Road Ecology, edited by R van der Ree, DJ Smith and C Grilo.  Book chapter.
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Page SK, Parker DM, Peinke DM and HT Davies-Mostert. 2015. Assessing the Potential Threat Landscape of a Proposed Reintroduction Site for Carnivores. PLOSONE. Download.

Little IT, Hockey PAR and R Jansen. 2015. Assessing biodiversity integrity for the conservation of grazed and burnt grassland systems: avian field metabolic rates as a rapid assessment tool. Biodiversity Conservation. Abstract

Kioko J, Kiffner C, Jenkins N and WJ Collinson. 2015. Wildlife roadkill patterns on a major highway in northern Tanzania, African Zoology. Abstract



Boakye M, Jansen R, Panagos M and I Little. 2014. Effects of burning and grazing on plant species percentage cover and veld conditions in the highland grasslands of Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences 23(2). (

Collinson WJ, Parker DM, Bernard RTF, Reilly BK and HT Davies-Mostert. 2014. Wildlife road traffic accidents: a standardized protocol for counting flattened fauna. Ecology and Evolution. DOWNLOAD

Davies-Mostert HT. 2014. Overcoming barriers to understanding the biodiversity
contribution of private ranchlands. Animal Conservation.

Jackson CR, Power RJ, Groom RJ, Masenga EH, Mjingo EE, Fyumagwa RD, Roskaft E and H Davies-Mostert. 2014. Heading for the Hills: Risk Avoidance Drives Den Site Selection in African Wild Dogs. PLOSONE. DOWNLOAD

Parker DM, Whittington-Jones BM, Bernard RTF and Davies-Mostert HT. 2014. Attitudes of Rural communities toward dispersing African wild dogs in South Africa. Human Dimensions of Wildlife: An International Journal. DOWNLOAD



Atkins S, Cliff G, and N Pillay. 2013. Humpback dolphin by catch in the shark nets in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Biological Conservation 159: 442-449.

Bates MF and I Little. 2013. Predation on the eggs of ground-nesting birds by Dasypeltis scabra (Linnaeus, 1758) in the moist highland grasslands of South Africa. African Journal of Herpetology.

Murn C, Combrink L, Ronaldson G, Thompson C and Botha A. 2013. Population estimates of three vulture species in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology. (link to website:

Davies-Mostert H, Mills M and D Macdonald. 2013. Hard boundaries influence African Wild dogs' diet and prey selection. Journal of Applied Ecology.  (link to website:

Jansen R, Makaka L, Little IT and A Dippenaar-Schoeman. 2013. Response of ground-dwelling spider assemblages (Arachnida, Araneae) to Montane Grassland management practices in South Africa. Insect Conservation and Diversity.  (link to website:

Little IT, Hockey PAR and R Jansen. 2013. A burning issue: Fire overrides grazing as a disturbance driver for South African grassland bird and arthropod assemblage structure and diversity. Biological Conservation 158: 258–270. (link to website

Morrison K. 2013. Crowned Cranes in Peril. Newsletter of Crane Working Group of Eurasia 12: 120-123.

Tarrant J and AJ Armstrong. 2013. Using predictive modelling to guide the conservation of a critically endangered coastal wetland amphibian. Journal for Nature Conservation 21: 369–381. (link to website

Tarrant J, Cilliers D, du Preez LH and C Weldon. 2013. Spatial Assessment of Amphibian Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in South Africa Confirms Endemic and Widespread Infection. PLoS ONE 8(7): e69591. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0069591.Download



Davies-Mostert HT, Kamler JF, Mills MGL, Jackson CR, Rasmussen GSA, Groom RJ and DW Macdonald. 2012. Long-distance transboundary dispersal of African wild dogs among protected areas in southern Africa. African Journal of Ecology.



Gibbons, B. (2011) Recorded Blue Crane mortalities from 2005 to 2009 in the Karoo. Indwa 7: 41.

Lindsey, P.A., Tambling, C., Marnewick, K., Parker, D., Hayward, M. & Davies-Mostert, H.T. (2011) Minimum prey and area requirements of cheetahs: implications for reintroductions and management of the species as a managed metapopulation. Oryx 45: 587-599.

Pillay, S. (2011) Space and resource use of introduced Cheetahs in a small fenced reserve. Honours thesis, Animal Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand.

Robertson, K. (2011) Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) prey selection and impact at Thaba Tholo Private Game Reserve in the Thabazimbi district, Limpopo Province. Honours thesis, Animal Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand.

Smith, T. (2011) Habitat utilization by Grey Crowned Crane flocks during summer and winter seasons in the North Eastern Cape over the last 10 years. Indwa 7: 37- 41.

Whittington-Jones, B.M. (2011) The dispersal of African Wild Dogs Lycaon pictus from protected areas in the northern KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. MSc Thesis, Rhodes University.

Morrison, K., Botha, B. and Shaw, K. (2011) Climate change threatens the agricultural landscape important for Blue Cranes in South Africa. Proceedings of the Wetlands International / IUCN Crane Specialist Group Workshop 2010. Gland: IUCN.

Smith, T., Koopman, V. and Walters, D. (2011) An assessment of the health of wetlands currently and historically used by Wattled Crane (Bugeranus carunculatus) for breeding: A collaborative project between the EWT and WESSA’s Mondi Wetlands Programme. Proceedings of the 2011 National Wetlands Indaba.

Ian T. Little, Raymond Jansen and Phil A. R. Hockey. 2012. Responses of bird and arthropod assemblages to fire frequency and grazing intensity: fire as a driving force. Biological Conservation.

Raymond Jansen, Luciano Makaka, Ian Little & Ansie Dippennaar-Schoeman. 2012. Response of ground dwelling spider assemblages (Arachnida, Araneae) to montane grassland management practices in South Africa. Insect Conservation and Diversity.