Two young French researchers, Marine Drouilly and Dr Marion Tafani, are doing research in the Karoo to find out what influence predators such as jackal, caracal, baboon, and to a lesser extent leopard, have on small stock such as sheep and goats. They addressed a Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) meeting at the Oudtshoorn Research Institute.

Drouilly, who is doing research for a doctorate, and Dr Tafani, who is doing post-doctorate research, explained some of the results of their ongoing research on the Karoo Predator Project in an area consisting of 22 farms in the Koup area near Laingsburg. They work under die direct supervision of Prof Justin O’Riain, an ecologist.

Read the full article drafted by Tisha Steyn that was published in AgriOrbit on 27 July 2017 (https://agriorbit.com/effect-predators-small-stock-karoo/), or download it below.

Marine proudly showing the data from her newly collared jackal in Anysberg World Heritage Site, with Marius Brand, the manager. (Photo: Tisha Steyn)

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