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Reciprocal communication in human-honeyguide mutualism
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 08:45

By following honeyguides, people in Africa are able to locate bees’ nests to harvest honey.  Research now reveals that humans use special calls to solicit the help of honeyguides and that honeyguides actively recruit appropriate human partners. This relationship is a rare example of cooperation between humans and free-living animals.

Press release: Martial Eagle filmed for TV series found dead
Monday, July 4, 2016 - 12:00

A female Martial Eagle from the Kruger National Park, who starred in Fierce, a British wildlife television series, has been found dead in a snare set by subsistence hunters in Mozambique. The bird was fitted with an electronic tag under the watchful eye of the British film crew, who were documenting scientists' efforts to stem the decline of these rare predatory birds.

June 2016 Graduation
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 11:45

The June 2016 graduation ceremony saw 3 PhD, 1 MSc by dissertation and 11 Conservation Biology MSc by coursework and dissertation students from the FitzPatrick Institute receiving their degrees.

Eagles and agriculture: not a zero-sum game
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 11:30

Conservationists worry about the impact of agricultural development on Africa's biodiversity. But a recent study shows it isn't necessarily all doom and gloom. Some species, like eagles, can coexist successfully with agricultural development.

MSc CB 2001/2 student, Emily Stephen Kisamo murdered in Tanzania
Monday, January 18, 2016 - 12:30

It is with great shock that we have earned of the murder of Emily Stephen Kisamo, one of the 2001/02 cohort of CB students, in Arusha last month. Kisamo was a senior official with Tanapa, Tanzanian National Parks, and was leading the fight against poaching in his country. Our thoughts go out to his family and colleagues.

Post-doctoral research opportunity: Sociable Weaver nests as a resource to animal communities and the life history of the obligate associate African Pygmy Falcon
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 13:15

Applications are open for a post-doctoral research opportunity working with Dr Robert Thomson on the interactions in animal communities associated with the Sociable Weaver (Philetairus socius) nests, with particular focus on the African Pygmy Falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus)

Study opportunity: Can sociality buffer the impacts of climate change?
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 10:30

We invite applications for a full-time research PhD scholarship to test the relationship between sociality and climate change vulnerability using a highly social bird (the Southern Pied Babbler, Turdoides bicolor) as a model species.

Study opportunity: PhD research at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 10:30

We invite applications for a full-time research PhD scholarship  focusing on understanding the role of farmers in vulture conservation in southern Africa.

Dr Arjun Amar received a 2015 UCT College of Fellows Young Researcher Award
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 12:15

Congratulations to Dr Arjun Amar on receiving a UCT College of Fellows Young Researcher Award.

Sonja Krüger's PhD thesis wins the Purcell award
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 14:45

Congratulations are due to Sonja Krüger who won the UCT Science Faculty's Purcell Award for her PhD thesis

Please report any sightings of ringed Swift Terns
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 13:45

For the third consecutive year, researchers from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute at the University of Cape Town marked 500 Swift Terns chicks with metal and individually engraved colour-rings in April 2015.

SANAP/SA Agulhas Open Day 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015 - 14:45

Fitz stall at the SANAP/SA Agulhas Open Day - 12-13 June 2015.