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Scientific Services

The Conservation Services Division comprises a number of units including Scientific Services which conducts the bulk of SANParks’ research and monitoring in the biophysical and social sciences across the parks.

The knowledge generated by scientists and supporting staff within the division and in collaboration with external associates informs park management and promotes the conservation of biodiversity, landscapes and associated heritage assets across SANParks’ network of protected areas.


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To reintroduce or not to introduce? Site visit to Kuno National Park, India

02 March 2024

To reintroduce or not to introduce? Site visit to Kuno National Park, India

A WHIRLWIND SITE VISIT TO INDIA TO ASSESS THE HABITAT SUITABILITY OF KUNO NATIONAL PARK FOR CHEETAH REINTRODUCTIONS, IN THE STATE OF MADHYA PRADESH, HIGHLIGHTS BOTH OPPORTUNITIES AND RISKS There have been heated debates as to whether or not cheetah should have been relocated from southern Africa to India and the (re)introduction has been, and…

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Improving blood oxygenation monitoring in immobilised white rhinoceros

01 March 2024

Improving blood oxygenation monitoring in immobilised white rhinoceros

OUR STUDY HAS SHOWN THAT BLOOD OXYGENATION CAN BE MONITORED RELIABLY IN IMMOBILISED SOUTHERN WHITE RHINOCEROS USING A NONIN PALMSAT 2500A PULSE OXIMETER WITH A 2000T TRANSFLECTANCE PROBE, ATTACHED IN THE SPACE BETWEEN THE THIRD EYELID AND THE SCLERA, FACING THE THIRD EYELID, AND WHEN OXYGEN LEVELS ARE ABOVE 70% The population decline of black…

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Attending the Conservation Symposium – A learning experience

29 February 2024

Attending the Conservation Symposium – A learning experience

The conservation symposium hosted by the KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife and partners was held at Wild Coast Sun. It was an informative event comprising of 23 sessions addressing the theme of Biodiversity Economy. Attending the conference as a young aspiring scientist was an awesomely wonderful experience. Being in a room full of conservation practitioners, scientists and…

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Upcoming Events

Savanna Science Network Meeting 2024

03 March 2024 – 08 March 2024

Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Kruger National Park

The Science Network Meeting provides an opportunity for scientists to share their latest research findings conducted in national parks and other conservation areas within the savanna biome.

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Research Nodes

Arid Research Unit

Arid Research Unit

Based primarily out of Kimberley, the Arid Research Unit has a long history within SANParks. Established more than 3 decades ago, primarily focused on plant-herbivore-carnivore interactions, the unit has seen considerable flux over time.  Currently, the Arid Research Unit supports research and monitoring in parks in both the Arid and Frontier region of SANParks.

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Cape Research Centre

Cape Research Centre

The Cape Research Centre (CRC) was established in 2008. It is situated in the Tokai section of Table Mountain National Park on land that was formerly under plantation but is currently being restored to fynbos. The CRC was established to develop internal scientific capacity to serve the socio-ecological research needs…

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Garden Route & Frontier Research Unit

Garden Route & Frontier Research Unit

Garden Route Scientific Services was established to develop internal scientific capacity to serve the Garden Route National Park (GRNP), which includes the previously proclaimed Tsitsikamma and Wilderness National Parks, State Forests and mountain catchment areas, as well as the Knysna National Lake Area…

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Savanna Research Unit

Savanna Research Unit

Formal in-house scientific research in SANParks has its roots in Kruger National Park (KNP) where the first staffed research station was established in the 1950s. Today the Savanna & Grassland Research Unit is responsible for managing research and monitoring activities across several national parks…

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Contact

For general enquiries please contact:

Modiehi Molete

Modiehi Molete

PA: GM Savanna and Grassland Research Unit

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +27 (0)13 735 4402