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Wildlife & Ecosystems

Animals of Malawi in the Majete Wildlife Reserve

How can we best help African wildlife return to and thrive in their native habitat?


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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

This research will help make Majete a model wildlife reserve that also supports local communities.

Can African wildlife successfully return to their native habitat? Your research will help answer that question.

You'll be part of one of the first research initiatives in the reserve, which is critical to understanding how reintroduced species are faring and what management decisions will help keep the reserve as a whole healthy. For example, scientists recently observed that more hyenas than were previously thought make their home in Majete. The park, then, has significant populations of at least three carnivores (hyenas, lions, and leopards), not just of lions and leopards. Park management had planned to introduce more lions, but might now reconsider to make sure prey species like antelope aren't overstressed.

You'll help with some of the following research: monitoring the success of reintroduced predators (lion and leopard) and their impact on prey species, determining the impact of large herbivores (elephant, buffalo, and rhino) on the habitat, studying the population dynamics and distribution of the spotted hyena, studying how the reintroduced black rhino population is faring in regard to birth and survival rates vs. death rates, determining how many hyenas are in the reserve, and what their habits are.

Your work will help make Majete a model wildlife reserve. The reserve also supports local communities through tourism and educational opportunities, so you will have a positive impact on the people of Malawi as well as the animals.

 

Animals of the Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

You will have an important part to play in gathering critical information about animal behavior.

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Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi, Africa

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Alison
Leslie
Senior Lecturer, Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University

ABOUT Alison Leslie

Dr. Leslie studies a broad range of species with a common goal to develop management plans for governments, farmers, and wildlife organizations. Dr. Leslie has worked with many Earthwatch volunteers in South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia. She is also a well-known TV personality, having worked with National Geographic television, the BBC, and several other documentary producers.

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