Conservation

Conservation

Biodiversity is Africa’s richest resource and its conservation is of critical importance for future generations and the world at large. Swaziland hosts significant biological diversity and enormous challenges to both human well-being and the conservation of nature.  Social and environmental considerations are therefore extremely relevant.  By facilitating local and international field research projects at our Savannah Research Centre at Mbuluzi Game Reserve, and our Marine Research Centre at Tofo, Mozambique we are able to carry out international research and enhance local capacity. With a triad partnership with the University of Swaziland and the University of Florida we are able to support local and international researchers who are working to conserve ecosystems for a sustainable future.

Goal: Conserve threatened species and ecosystems through research, education and conservation action

The program invites partners and Universities from abroad, as well as builds capacity for local researchers to contribute to field research findings and publications. Through collaborative efforts we have produced more than 50 scientific publications.

African Savanna Research Projects (raptors & birds, bats, reptiles, rodents, small predators, ungulates, vegetation):
    • Long term dynamics of vegetation, ungulates, rodents and small predators
    • Effects of habitat fragmentation on small mammals in savanna, Swaziland
    • Factors influencing the breeding of Marabou Storks in Swaziland
    • Nesting habitat selection in Swaziland’s vultures
    • Effects of habitat fragmentation on Crowned Eagles
    • Population dynamics & home range of the slit-faced bat Nycteris thebaica
    • Echolocation call library for bats of Swaziland
    • Community structure of savanna bats
    • Reptile atlas of Swaziland (Biodiversity inventories)
    • Population dynamics and home range of leopard tortoises in Swaziland
Marine Research Projects (whale sharks, manta rays, humpback whales, coral reef fish, turtles, dolphins)
    • Photo-identification & monitoring of whale sharks
    • Photo-identification of manta rays
    • Monitoring of humpback whales
    • Conservation ecology of turtles in southern Mozambique