| May 2019

Feeding Ecology, Habitat Utilisation and Population Responses of Ungulates in Arid Systems

Mika Vermeulen, MSc
Conserving the Kalahari

Mika Vermeulen, MSc | s212200046@live.nmmu.ac.za
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Duration: 2016 – Present

My study focusses on the feeding ecology, habitat utilisation and population responses of ungulates in arid systems. The study sites for my project are Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and the Karoo National Park. Ungulate dung samples were collected on numerous field trips to both study sites. These samples are being analysed to characterise seasonal forage selection. I will also be exploring the relationships between various variables to both ungulate habitat utilisation and population growth rates.