david druce phd

David Druce, Ph.D.

Park Ecologist
Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife

Dr. Dave Druce has experience in many conservation areas throughout South Africa and on a wide variety of topics including predator/prey interactions, herbivore habitat selection, elephant utilization, and invertebrate surveying.

Why study the wildlife of South Africa?

We aim to contribute to a long-term dataset on the trends of the large herbivore populations in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park by walking set transects in the bush. Large wildlife in Africa is under increasing threat for a number of reasons. It is imperative that we know the state of our wildlife populations, and Earthwatch volunteers make it possible to do just that.

Why work with Earthwatch volunteers?

All the transects that you walked were repeated between 15 and 20 times during the season, which resulted in 4,004.2 km of transects being walked throughout the park, with 22,458 individuals being seen in 5,280 different sightings! Without you coming to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, we would not have been able to repeat the transects as many times as was achieved with you here. We need enough repetition of transects to have a large enough sample size to produce accurate estimates.

Education
  • Ph.D. in Behavioral Ecology, University of KwaZulu-Natal (ZA)
  • M.S. in Environmental Biology, University of Natal, Durban (ZA)
  • B.S. in Environmental Biology and Environmental Management, University of Natal, Durban (ZA)
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