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New species of plant discovered in Tokai Park
A new species of sedge, the Hidden Veldrush (Schoenus inconspicuus) which is listed as critically endangered, has been discovered in Tokai Park. The plant is currently known from fewer than 10 plants on the planet and has only been collected six...
Saving the Clanwilliam Cedar
Despite much research and management effort, the iconic Clanwilliam cedar (once Widdringtonia cedarbergensis now sadly W. wallichii) continues the decline it has been in for over the last century or more. Prof Jeremy Midgley, PhD student Joseph...
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.
The impact of elephant herbivory in Kruger National Park
Most savanna plant species are strong resprouters after damage by fire or elephants; they are highly persistent. This makes it difficult to know how much damage inflicted by elephants, is too much because these plants do not die after even...
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.

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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.