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Exploitation changes leopard behaviour with long-term genetic costs
Throughout their range leopards are in rapid decline, having disappeared from North Africa, much of the Middle East and Asia.
New study explores establishing a new Bearded Vulture population in South Africa
The Bearded Vulture is one of the most threatened vultures in Southern Africa, with only around 100 breeding pairs left in the wild.
Happy snappers unwittingly gather valuable Martial Eagles data
University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers have used Google Images to track the dietary habits of the Martial Eagle, Africa’s largest eagle, gaining new data from regions where the species has never previously been studied. This input from citizen...
Where technology and ecology meet: using big data in fynbos studies
The Cape Floral Kingdom is both the world’s smallest botanical kingdom in area, and the biggest in terms of total number of species – but it is also one of the world’s most threatened floral kingdom’s because of urban development, agriculture, and...
Collapse of an iconic conifer
In this study we use a large and long-term (1931–2013) repeat photography dataset together with environmental data and fire records to account for the decline of the critically endangered Widdringtonia cedarbergensis. Our results suggest this...

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A statement from Biological Sciences Department on the article on Black Students

The Department of Biological Sciences affirms the Science Faculty’s position regarding the Commentary by Nattrass (SAJS 2020: 116, 5/6). While academic freedom is a virtue we uphold, the study design and kinds of questions used in the opportunistic survey could antagonize the core purpose of the study. Furthermore, wildlife conservation and conservation biology were conflated with all fields of biological sciences. The Department is committed to addressing the complexities regarding attracting and effectively training black students.

Prof Muthama Muasya, Head of Department, 05/06/2020


The Department of Biological Sciences has more than 30 academic and 26 support staff, and trains more than 100 postgraduate, 30 Honours and 500 undergraduate students in fields of terrestrial and marine ecology, evolutionary biology and ecophysiology.