Small Mammal Population Ecology
We deploy an average of 25 baited live small-mammal traps, in a grid in 2 different sampling area for 4 days and nights.
The traps are checked and baited again daily. When a small mammal is caught in a trap, it is removed, identified and marked before releasing it again. This mark-recapture technique allow to model and estimate minimum population values, survival rates, and seasonal trends and by comparing different habitat types, for beta diversity. This project is in collaboration with Prof Neville Pillay from the University of the Witwatersrand. This project started in 2014.