Peer-reviewed publications and proceedings


Kalle R, Combrink L, Ramesh T and CT Downs. 2017. Re-establishing the pecking order: Niche models reliably predict suitable habitats for the reintroduction of red-billed oxpeckers. Ecology and Evolution. Click

Marnewick K, Page-Nicholson S, Roxburgh L and MJ Somers. 2017. Tracking data from nine free-roaming Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) collared in the Thabazimbi area, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Biodiversity Data Journal.Click

Murn C and A Botha. 2017. A clear and present danger: impacts of poisoning on a vulture population and the effect of poison response activities. Oryx.Click

Parusnath S, Little IT, Cunningham MJ, Jansen R and GJ Alexander. 2017. The desolation of Smaug: The human-driven decline of the Sungazer lizard (Smaug giganteus). Journal for Nature Conservation.Click



Beutel AA, McLaren BW, Branfield R, Hoogstad C, Geldenhuys H J, Khoza N, Ntshani MD, van Coller JM and R Kruger. 2016. Electrocution risks to endangered birds on MV overhead lines – South African experiences. Cigre Conference Proceedings.Click

Davies AB, Marneweck DG, Druce DJ and GP Asner. 2016. Den site selection, pack composition, and reproductive success in endangered African wild dogs. Behavioral Ecology.Click

Durant SM, Mitchell N, Groom R, Pettorelli N, Ipavec A, Jacobson AJ and R Woodroffe. 2016. Disappearing spots, the global decline of cheetah and what it means for conservation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA.Click

Ellender BR, Rivers-Moore NAT, Coppinger CR, Bellingan TA and OLF Weyl. 2016. Towards using thermal stress thresholds to predict salmonid invasion potential. Biological Invasions.Click

Lloyd P, Martin TE, Taylor A, Braae A and R Altwegg. 2016. Age, sex and social influences on adult survival in the cooperatively breeding Karoo Scrub-robin. Emu.Click

Murn C and A Botha. 2016. Assessing the accuracy of plotless density estimators using census counts to refine population estimates of the vultures of Kruger National Park. Ostrich.Click

Ogada D, Botha A and P Shaw. 2016. Ivory poachers and poison: Drivers of Africa's declining vulture populations. Oryx.Click

Ogada D, Shaw P, Beyers RL, Buij R, Murn C, Thiollay JM, Beale CM, Holdo RM, Pomeroy D, Baker N, Krüger SC, Botha A, Virani MZ, Monadjem A and ARE Sinclair. 2016. Another Continental Vulture Crisis: Africa's Vultures Collapsing toward Extinction. Conservation Letters.Click

Smith T, Page-Nicholson S, Morrison K, Gibbons B, Jones MG, van Niekerk M, Botha B, Oliver K, McCann K and L Roxburgh. 2016. The African Crane Database (1978-2014): Records of three threatened crane species (Family: Gruidae) from southern and eastern Africa. Biodiversity Data Journal.Click

Tarrant J, Kruger D and LH du Preez. 2016. Do public attitudes affect conservation effort? Using a questionnaire-based survey to assess perceptions, beliefs and superstitions associated with frogs in South Africa. African Zoology.Click

Tensen L, Groom RJ, Van Belkom J, Davies-Mostert HT, Marnewick K and B Jansen van Vuuren. 2016. Genetic diversity and spatial genetic structure of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) in the Greater Limpopo transfrontier conservation area. Conservation Genetics.Click

Van Velden JL, Smith T and PG Ryan. 2016. Cranes and Crops: Investigating Farmer Tolerances toward Crop Damage by Threatened Blue Cranes (Anthropoides paradiseus) in the Western Cape, South Africa. Environmental Management.Click



Collinson WJ, Parker DM, Bernard RTF, Reilly BK and HT Davies-Mostert. 2015. An Inventory of Vertebrate Roadkill in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area, South Africa. African Journal of Wildlife Research.Click

Davies-Mostert HT, Mills MGL and DW Macdonald. 2015. The Demography and Dynamics of an Expanding, Managed African Wild Dog Metapopulation. African Journal of Wildlife Research.Click

Dowsett-lemaire F, Wilson J, Medland R and L Roxburgh. 2015. Excessive bird collecting in Malawi: A new threat. Bird Conservation International.Click

Evans SW, Monadjem A, Roxburgh L, McKechnie AE, Baker EM, Kizungu RB, Little IT, Matsvimbo F, Mulwa RK, Mwizabi D, Nalwanga D, Ndang'ang'a K and L Combrink. 2015. Current conservation status of the Blue Swallow Hirundo atrocaerulea Sundevall 1850 in Africa. Ostrich. Click

Hayward MW, Child MF, Kerley GIH, Lindsey PA, Somers MJ and B Burns.  2015. Ambiguity in guideline definitions introduces assessor bias and influences consistency in IUCN Red List status assessments. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.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. Click

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 and Conservation.Click 

Little I, Hockey P and R Jansen. 2015. Impacts of fire and grazing management on South Africa’s moist highland grasslands: A case study of the Steenkampsberg Plateau, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Bothalia.Click

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. Click

North M, Lane E, Marnewick K, Caldwell P, Carlisle G and L Hoffman. 2015. Suspected lead poisoning in two captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus jubatus) in South Africa, in 2008 and 2013. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association. Click

Page SK, Parker DM, Peinke DM and HT Davies-Mostert. 2015. Assessing the Potential Threat Landscape of a Proposed Reintroduction Site for Carnivores. PLOSONE. Click



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.Click

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

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

Marnewick K, Ferreira SM, Grange S, Watermeyer J, Maputla N and HT Davies-Mostert. 2014. Evaluating the Status of and African Wild Dogs Lycaon pictus and Cheetahs Acinonyx jubatus through Tourist-based Photographic Surveys in the Kruger National Park. PLOSONE.Click

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



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. Click

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. Click

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. Click

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

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.  Click

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. Click

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. Click

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 pdf



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.Click



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. Click

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.Click

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.


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


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