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Discovering tomorrow

Centre for African Conservation Ecology

02/05/2013

The Zoology Honours Conservation Biology class spent a week on Samara Private Game Reserve with Prof Graham Kerley, where they participated in lectures and field activities, the latter using the game viewing vehicle kindly provided by Samara. Field activities included viewing of vulnerable species such as cheetah, which breed successfully on Samara, as shown by the presence of two (wild) cheetah cubs in the photograph of part of the class. Other real examples of conservation issues they encountered included the successful conservation of rhinos, the poaching of rhinos and the reality of invasive species as a threat to biodiversity. These sorts of opportunities are invaluable as they allow the students to better integrate the theory and reality of conservation biology.