by Kate Silver On June 8th, 2017, the Star News, Wilmington, North Carolina’s leading news source, published an article reporting that the primary drinking water source, the Cape Fear River, was tainted with high levelsContinue reading
Poaching: Not Black and White
Laurence Kruger talked about how poaching and conservation is not a clear black and white issue. Rather than just being greedy, many poachers suffer from low income and try to figure out ways to survive.Continue reading
Babies, Babies, Babies!
A pregnant gerbil was first captured by a D trap, and the day after it was captured again by a B trap at the same site (which is about 20 m away). The mother gerbilContinue reading
Welcome to the world Gnu!
During one of the game drives, we stumbled across a recent birth of an African buffalo!! We watched the amniotic sack come out of the mother and watched the little ones first steps. Such aContinue reading
Seed Disperser or Seed Predator?
One of the experiments students conducted was exploring the distance a seed is for a squirrel to be a seed disperser or predator. Marula nuts are a fan favorite among squirrels in South Africa. TheseContinue reading
Lessons Learned from Deepwater Horizon– Have We Gotten Better at Managing Oil Spills?
by Chinmay Amin I remember glancing at the TV as I walked by the living room. I saw adults sitting across a glass newsroom desk, eyebrows furrowed and conversing furiously with each other. I wasContinue reading
Do you know what a savanna is really?
One of the first question posed to students was how would you describe a savanna? Answered range from seasonally dry, megafauna and grazers present, fire as a disturbance, low latitudes, etc. If you had toContinue reading
Blink and you’ll miss it!
Students stumbled upon a small lion pride of 2 brothers with 2 females! Lions are territorial and typically you will only see one male amongst females, but in this case the brothers could be cordial!Continue reading
Mouse, Gerbil…. and a Frog????
Students set out rodent traps and after one day there were some crazy surprises! 2 bush veld gerbils, 1 fat mouse, and some unexpected bush veld rain frogs! Measurements were taken including weight and bodyContinue reading
ROYG I Can’t Believe It!
Day 1 of the Duke University Biodiversity and Climate Change class in Kruger National Park! Jim Clark, the god of the forest, ditched the textbook and took his students to South Africa to learn inContinue reading