SAVANNAH RESEARCH CENTER

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Swaziland
4-12 Weeks
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10%
Shared Tents
3 meals per day
First Monday of the Month

Flights are not included in the cost.

SAVANNAH RESEARCH CENTRE

Conduct ecological research relevant to Savannah Ecosystems throughout southern Africa. Join us and assist with research on bats, birds, reptiles, ungulates, rodents, small predators, vegetation and a variety of other wildlife in Swaziland conservation areas. As a student on this project you will get to experience a hands-on wildlife field research program. All Out Africa runs this project and the field research is in partnership with Swaziland’s game reserves and national parks, namely Hlane Royal National Park, Mlawula Nature Reserve and Mbuluzi Game Reserve, which make up an area of over 40,000 hectares.

Although savannahs are well represented in African conservation areas, they are subjected to increasing degradation as a result of human influences through land utilization and climate change. Well known for large charismatic game such as elephants, rhinos and lions, there are a variety of smaller species that are threatened and equally important to the natural functioning of the savannah ecosystem.

Although this project involves being based in areas containing big game, your field research activities will be focused on birds, bats, ungulates, vegetation and reptiles. By better understanding these species and fauna, we can effectively manage and conserve them and the ecosystem in which they are found.

You will gain hands-on research experience that may include:

  • Setting traps and handling of wildlife in a safe and humane manner
  • Monitoring activities that locate and monitor various species of wildlife
  • Fitting radio-transmitters to track the animals to determine their home range, distribution and movements Recording habitat and environmental variables
  • Vegetation surveys
  • Photo identification of species and GPS location
  • Weighing, measuring, tagging and banding young birds or small mammals

Being based at our African Savannah Research Centre in Mbuluzi Game Reserve, you are sure to enjoy game drives and guided walks in a scenic setting while contributing to important conservation projects.

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Field Methods in Ecology - sample program

At our long-term research station in Swaziland, we offer field courses in savannah ecology and data collection techniques. We have been working in Swaziland for over 10 years and have developed a strong program and a stable working environment with good in-country support. We regularly encounter a wide range of animals and have global network of scientific collaborators to which our on-going data sets are provided, and we work in partnership with both University of Swaziland and University of Florida.

 

 

Overview of Program

Conduct ecological research relevant to Savannah Ecosystems throughout southern Africa. Join us and assist with research on bats, birds, reptiles, ungulates, rodents, small predators, vegetation and a variety of other wildlife in Swaziland conservation areas. As a student on this project you will get to experience a hands-on wildlife field research program. All Out Africa runs this project and the field research is in partnership with Swaziland’s game reserves and national parks, namely Hlane Royal National Park, Mlawula Nature Reserve and Mbuluzi Game Reserve, which make up an area of over 40,000 hectares.

Although savannahs are well represented in African conservation areas, they are subjected to increasing degradation as a result of human influences through land utilization and climate change. Well known for large charismatic game such as elephants, rhinos and lions, there are a variety of smaller species that are threatened and equally important to the natural functioning of the savannah ecosystem.

Although this project involves being based in areas containing big game, your field research activities will be focused on birds, bats, ungulates, vegetation and reptiles. By better understanding these species and fauna, we can effectively manage and conserve them and the ecosystem in which they are found.

You will gain hands-on research experience that may include:

  • Setting traps and handling of wildlife in a safe and humane manner
  • Monitoring activities that locate and monitor various species of wildlife
  • Fitting radio-transmitters to track the animals to determine their home range, distribution and movements Recording habitat and environmental variables
  • Vegetation surveys
  • Photo identification of species and GPS location
  • Weighing, measuring, tagging and banding young birds or small mammals

Being based at our African Savannah Research Centre in Mbuluzi Game Reserve, you are sure to enjoy game drives and guided walks in a scenic setting while contributing to important conservation projects.

Optional Activity

Whilst in Southern Africa why not also include a visit to the world famous Kruger National Park! Compare and contrast Savanna Ecosystems and spot the Big Five (Lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant). The Kruger trip includes accommodation (camping), meals and unlimited game drives with experienced All Out Africa guides.

 

Sample itinerary

Day Activity Notes
1 Arrive at OR Tambo, Johannesburg Pick up by All Out Africa and transfer to Savannah Research Centre (SRC), Swaziland
2 Savannah Reseach Centre(SRC) field program
3
4
5 Hlane Nature Reserve visit – entrance fee and sunrise game drive
6
7 Shewula Reserve visit – includes lunch and dancing display
8
9
10
11 Depart SRC for Kruger Kruger Trip
12 Kruger Kruger
13 Kruger Kruger
14 Depart Kruger Transfer from Kruger to OR Tambo for departure flight

What is included/offered within the price

  • Students are accommodated in two man shared tents with mattress and pillows and faculty members get their own tent with pillow and mattress
  • Well established a research station with equipment and space for presentations or studying
  • Flushing toilets, hot showers, solar power and a generator in camp for comfort, and 3 meals a day are provided by excellent cooks!
  • 3 permanent highly experienced staff to look after the students
  • Access to 2 game drive vehicles and all transport
  • Head office team in Swaziland who provide logistical support and any additional assistance which may be required
  • Developing research and field techniques which support your academic requirements as well as our long-term commitment to research
  • All the on the ground logistics, transport, accommodation, meals

 

SRC PUBLICATIONS

African Savanna Publications:

Associations of avian facial flushing and skin colouration with agonistic interaction outcomes.

Bamford, A.J., Monadjem, A. & Hardy, I. 2010. Ethology 116: 1-8.

 

Detection rates of ungulates in the eastern Swaziland lowveld.

Collier, B., McCleery, R., Calhoun, K., Silvy, N. Roques, K.G, & Monadjem, A. 2011. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 41: 61-67.

 

Impact of crop cycle on movement patterns of pest rodent species between fields and houses in Africa.

Monadjem, A., Mahlaba, T.A., Dlamini, N., Eiseb, S.J., Belmain, S.R., Mulungu, L.S., Massawe, A.W., Makundi, R.H. & Taylor, P.J. 2011. Wildlife Research

 

Long-term changes in vegetation and bird communities in southern African savannas.

Serami, C. & Monadjem, A. 2011. Diversity & Distributions 1-11. doi: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00810.x

 

Molecular diet analysis of two African free-tailed bats (Molossidae) using high throughput sequencing.

Bohmann, K., Monadjem, A., Noer, C.L., Rasmussen, M., Zeale, M.R.K., Clare, E., Jones, G., Willerslev, E., Gilbert, M.T.P. 2011. Plos ONE 6(6): e21441. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021441.

 

Dietary preferences of the multimammate mouse (Mastomys natalensis, Smith 1832) across different habitats and seasons in Tanzania and Swaziland.

Mulungu, L.S., Massawe, A.W., Kennis, J., Crauwels, D., Eiseb, S., Mahlaba, T.A., Monadjem, A., Makundi, R.H., Katakweba, A.A.S., Leirs, H. & Belmain, S.R. 2011. Wildlife Research 38: 640-646.

 

Spatial and temporal population dynamics of rodents in three geographically different regions in Africa: implications for ecologically-based rodent management.

Massawe, A.W., Mulungu, L.S., Makundi, R.H., Dlamini, N., Eiseb, S.J., Kirsten, F., Mahlaba, T., Malebane, P., Von Maltitz, E., Monadjem, A., Taylor, P., Tutjavi, V. & Belmain, S.R. 2011. Africa Zoology 46: 393- 405.

 

Breeding season of Epomophorus walhbergi in the lowveld of Swaziland.

Monadjem, A. & Reside, A.E. Submitted. African Zoology

 

Roost use by two sympatric species of Scotophilus in a natural environment.

South African Journal of Wildlife Research

Monadjem, A., Raabe, T., Dickerson, B., Silvy, N. & McCleery, R. 2010.

 

A recent inventory of the bats of Mozambique with documentation of seven new species to the country

Acta Chiropterologica

Monadjem, A., Schoeman, M.C., Reside, A., Pio, D.V., Stoffberg, S., Bayliss, J., Cotterill, F.P.D., Curran, M., Kopp, M. & Taylor, P.J. 2010

 

Influence of rainfall on timing and success of reproduction in Marabou Storks

Ibis

Monadjem, A. & Bamford, A.J.  (01-01-09)

Nesting habitat preference of the African white-backed vulture, Gyps africanus: a statistical model.

Ibis

Bamford, A.J., Monadjem, A. & Hardy, I.W.  (01-01-09)

The diet of the aardwolf, Proteles cristatus at Malolotja Nature Reserve, western Swaziland

African Journal of Ecology

Matsebula, S.N., Monadjem, A., Roques, K.G. & Garcelon, D.K.  (01-01-09)

Development of non-explosive based methods for mass capture of vultures

South African Journal of Wildlife Research

Bamford, A.J., Diekmann, M., Monadjem, A. & Hardy, I.C.W.  (01-01-09)

Marabou Mania

Vision

Ara Monadjem, Brids of prey working group  (10-10-08)

Nest distribution and conservation status of eagles, selected hawks and owls in Swaziland

Gabar

Monadjem, A. & Rasmussen, M.  (01-01-08)

The influence of riparian vegetation on the distribution and abundance of bats in an African savanna

Acta Chiropterologica

Monadjem, A. & Reside, A.  (01-01-08)

Dispersal of juvenile Marabou Storks Leptoptilos crumeniferus as determined by resightings

Ostrich

Monadjem, A., Bamford, A.J. & Rasmussen, M.  (01-01-08)

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Bats recorded from Koegelbeen Cave and selected other sites in the Northern Cape, South Africa

African Bat Conservation News  18: 2-4

Monadjem, A., Higgins, N., Smith, T. & Herrmann, E.  (01-01-08)

Georgaphical Distribution: Zygaspis vandami arenicola

African Herp News  46: 24-25

Litscha, T., Koen, C. and Monadjem, A.  (01-01-08)

Echolocation calls of rhinolophid and hipposiderid bats in Swaziland

South African Journal of Wildlife Research  37: 9-15

Monadjem, A., Reside, A. & Lumsden, L.  (01-01-07)

Nest success and conservation status of the Blue Swallow Hirundo atrocaerulea in Swaziland

Bird Conservation International  16

Monadjem, A., Boycott, R.C., Roques, K., Gama,R. & Garcelon, D.  (01-01-06)

 

Aspects of the breeding biology of the Chinspot Batis Batis molitor in Acacia savanna in Swaziland

Ostrich  77

Monadjem, A.  (01-01-06)

Longevity and movement of the common slit-faced bat Nycteris thebaica

African Bat Conservation News  9: 7

Monadjem, A.  (01-01-06)

Survival and roost-site selection in the African bat Nycteris thebaica (Chiroptera: Nycteridae) in Swaziland

Belgian Journal of Zoology  135: 103-107

Monadjem, A.  (01-01-05)

A Field Assessment of Priority Protection Worthy Areas of Swaziland: Makhonjwa, Manzimnyame, Sibebe and Nyonyane.

Special report to the Government of Swaziland.

Roques, K.G., Dobson, L., Dlamini, S.D., Monadjem, A., Boycott, R., Mahlaba, T. and Raw, D.  (19-06-03)

A Rapid Field Assessment of Protection Worthy Areas of Swaziland

Special report to the Government of Swaziland.

Roques, K.G.  (19-06-02)

 

Recent Publications

 

Taylor, P.J. Downs, S., Monadjem, A., Eiseb, S.J. Mulungu, L.S., Massawe, A.W., Mahlaba, T.A., Kirstin, F., Von Maltitz, E., Malebane, P., Makundi, R.H., Lamb, J. & Belmain, S.R. “Experimental treatment-control studies of ecologically based rodent management in Africa: balancing conservation and pest management.”, Wildlife Research 39: 51-61, 2012.

Lehmkuhl Noer, C., Dabelsteen, T., Bohmann, K. & Monadjem, A.

“Molossid bats in an African agro-ecosystem select sugar cane fields as foraging habitat.”, African Zoology 47: 1-11, 2012.

Morgan, T.C., McCleery, R.A., Moulton, M.P. & Monadjem, A.

“Are Southern Black Flycatchers (Melaenornis pammelaina) associated
with Fork-tailed Drongos (Dicrurus adsimilis)?”,
Ostrich 83: 109-111, 2012

Monadjem, A., Botha, A. & Murn, C.  “Survival of the African white-backed vulture Gyps africanus in north-eastern South Africa.”,African Journal of Ecology 51: 87-93, 2012.

Taylor, P.J., Stoffberg, S., Monadjem, A., Schoeman, M.C., Bayliss, J. & Cotterill, F.P.D.       “Four new bat species (Rhinolophus hildebrandtii complex) reflect Plio-Pleistocene divergence ofdwarfs and giants across an Afromontane Archipelago.”,  Plos ONE. 7(9): e41744. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041744, 2012.

Monadjem, A., Kane, A., Botha, A., Dalton, D. & Kotze, A. “Survival and     population dynamics of the marabou stork in an isolated population, Swaziland.” Plos ONE. 7(9): e46434.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046434, 2012.

Monadjem, A., Virani, M.R., Jackson, C. & Reside, A. “Rapid decline and shift in the future distribution predicted for the endangered Sokoke Scops Owl Otus ireneae due to climate change.”, Bird Conservation International DOI: 10.1017/S0959270912000330, 2012.

Monadjem, A., Richards, L., Taylor, P.J. & Stoffberg, S. “High diversity of pipistrelloid bats (Vespertilionidae: Hypsugo, Neoromica and Pipistrellus) in a West African rainforest with the
description of a new species.”,
  Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 167: 191-207, 2013.

Mdangia, M., Mulungu, L.S., Massawe, A.W., Eiseb, S., Tutjavic, V., Kirsten, F., Mahlaba, T., Malebane, P., Van Maltitz, E.,Monadjem, A., Dlamini, N., Makundi, R.H. & Belmain, S.R.  “Assessment of rodent damage to stored maize (Zea mays L.) on smallholder farms in Tanzania.”, International Journal of Pest Management DOI:10.1080/09670874.2012.744495, 2013.

Monadjem, A. & Reside, A.E.  “Breeding season of Epomophorus walhbergi in the lowveld of Swaziland.”, African Zoology 47: 321-325, 2013.

Long, A., Bailey, K., Greene, D.U., Tye, C., Parr, C., Lepage, H.K., Gielow, K.H., Monadjem, A. & McCleery, R.A. “Multi-scale habitat selection of the African Pygmy Mouse (Mus minutoides).”, African Journal of Ecology (early view), 2012.

Taylor, P.J., Monadjem, A., & Steyn, J. “Seasonal patterns of habitat use by insectivorous bats in a subtropical African agro-ecosystem dominated by macadamia orchards.”, African Journal of Ecology (early view), 2013.

Schoeman, M.C., Cotterill, F.P.D. (Woody), Taylor, P., & Monadjem, A. “Using potential distributions to explore environmental correlates of bat species richness in southern Africa: effects of model selection and taxonomy.”, Current Zoology , In Press.

Monadjem, A., McCleery, R.A. & Collier, B.A. “Activity and movement patterns of the tortoise Stigmochelys pardalis in a subtropical savanna.”, Journal of Herpetology, In press.

Denys, C., Kadjo, B., Missoup, A.D., Monadjem, A., & Aniskine, V. “New records of bats (Chiroptera) and karyotypes fromGuinean Mount Nimba (West Africa).”, Italian Journal of Zoology, In press.

Taylor, P.J., Sowler, S., Schoeman, M.C., & Monadjem, A. “Diversity of bats in the Soutpansberg and Blouberg Mountains of northern South Africa: complementarity of acoustic and non-acoustic survey methods.”, South African Journal of Wildlife Research, In
press.

Book: Monadjem, A., Taylor, P., Cotterill, F.P.D. & Schoeman, M.C. 2010. Bats of
Southern and Central Africa: A Biogeographic and Taxonomic Synthesis.
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

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