Staff Directory

Prof Aliza Le Roux
Associate Professor
Zoology and Entomology
Zoology and Entomology
Emergency-Power Generator

Short CV


  1. Jumbam, K.R., Périquet, S., Dalerum, F., & le Roux, A. 2019. Spatial and temporal variation in the use of supplementary food in an obligate termite specialist, the bat-eared fox. African Zoology 54:63-71.
  2. Petelle, M., Périquet, S., & le Roux, A. 2019. Tameness does not correlate with the learning of an appetitive association in a wild canid. Current Zoology 65 (1):61-65.
  3. Le Roux, A., Mathibane, A.N., Nowak, K. 2019. Wild samango monkeys, Cercopithecus mitis, balance risk and opportunity to interact with novel objects in village gardens. International Journal of Primatology 40:661-670.
  4. Stander, A.H., le Roux, A., & Voua Otomo, P. 2019. Can local enhancement in earthworms affect the outcome of the standard earthworm avoidance test? Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 103:776-782.
  5. Le Roux, A. 2018. Trends in behavioural ecology: Putting South African research in a global perspective. South African Journal of Science114(5-6): 21-26.
  6. Périquet, S., Roxburgh, L., le Roux, A., & Collinson, W. J. 2018. Testing the value of citizen science for roadkill studies: A case study from South Africa. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6:
  7. Welch, R., le Roux, A., Petelle, M., & Périquet, S. 2018. The influence of environmental and social factors on high- and low-cost vigilance in bat-eared foxes.Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.72(2): 29.
  8. Périquet, S., & A. le Roux. 2018. Seasonal patterns of habitat selection in the myrmecophagous bat-eared fox. African Journal of Ecology 56: 548-554.
  9. le Roux, A., Mukwada, G., & Lombard C. 2018. The Afromontane Research Unit – growing as a hub of transdisciplinary research. Mountain Research and Development 38(1):85-7. (Platform statement)
  10. de Bruin, R., Ganswindt, A., Laver, A., & le Roux, A. 2018.Friendly foxes: the relationship between steroid hormones and social behaviour in a monogamous African canid. Frontiers in Zoology. 306: 110-118. 
  11. Renda, S., & le Roux, A. 2017. Sensory ecology of prey detection in the bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis). Behaviour154 (2): 227-240.
  12. Nowak, K., Wimberger, K., Hill, R. A., Richards, S. A., & le Roux, A. 2017. Samango monkeys (Cercopithecus albogularis labiatus) manage risk in a seasonal, heterogeneous landscape in Amathole Mountains, South Africa. International Journal of Primatology 38: 194-206.
  13. Welch, R., Périquet, S., Petelle, M., & le Roux, A. 2017. Hunter or hunted? Perceptions of risk and reward in a small mesopredator. Journal of Mammalogy. 98(6): 1531-1537.
  14. Mukwada, G., le Roux, A., Hlalele, D., & Lombard, C. 2016. The Afromontane Research Unit (ARU) in South Africa. Mountain Research and Development 36(3): 384-386. (Platform statement)
  15. De Bruin, R., Ganswindt, A., & le Roux, A. 2016. From killer to carer: Steroid hormones and paternal behaviour. African Zoology 51(4): 173-182. 
  16. Benitez, M., Beehner, J., Fischer, J., le Roux, A. & Bergman, T. 2016. Acoustic and temporal variation in gelada loud calls advertise male quality. International Journal of Primatology 37(4):  568–585.
  17. Nowak, K. Richards, S.A., le Roux, A. & Hill, R. A. 2016. Influence of live-capture on risk perceptions of habituated samango monkeys. Journal of Mammalogy 97 (5): 1461-1468.
  18. Jacobs, P.J. & le Roux, A. 2016. First report of a myrmecophagous bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis) hunting a hare (Lepus sp.). African Journal of Ecology 54(1): 128-130.
  19. le Roux, A., Botha, H., Dalerum, F. & Ganswindt, A. 2016. Non-invasive measurement of adrenocortical activity in a myrmecophagous mammal, the bat-eared fox. African Zoology 51(1): 47-51.
  20. Nowak, K., R. A. Hill, K. Wimberger, & A. le Roux. 2016. Risk-taking in samango monkeys in relation to humans at two sites in South Africa. In: Ethnoprimatology: Primate Conservation in the 21st Century (Ed. By M. Waller), pp. 301-314, UK: Springer.
  21. Dalerum, F., A. le Roux, L. de Vries, J. Kamler, C. Stuart, M. Stuart, B. Wilson, & E. Do Linh San. 2016. A conservation assessment of Otocyon megalotis. In Child MF, Roxburgh L, Do Linh San E, Raimondo D, Davies-Mostert HT, editors. The Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. South African National Biodiversity Institute and Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa.
  22. le Roux, A., Z. Balmforth, O.A. Mbatyoti, M. Bizani, N.L. Avenant, & E. Do Linh SaN. 2016. A conservation assessment of Cynictis penicillata. In Child MF, Roxburgh L, Do Linh San E, Raimondo D, Davies-Mostert HT, editors. The Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. South African National Biodiversity Institute and Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa.
  23. le Roux, A. & Breshears, D. 2016. Introducing open source reference management software to a rural South African campus: Evaluating the effectiveness of workshops at the University of the Free State’s Qwaqwa campus. Journal of Higher Education in Africa 14(2): 49-60.
  24. le Roux, A. 2016. Inverted engagement: A case study of the flipped classroom on a rural South African campus. Journal for New Generation Science (special edition) 14(1): 51- 62.
  25. Nowak K, le Roux, A., Richards, S.A., Scheijen C., Hill R. 2014. Human observers modulate arboreal monkeys’ perceived landscape of fear. Behavioural Ecology 25:1199–1204.
  26. Manser, M. B., Jansen, D. A. W. A. M., Graw, B., Hollén, L. I., Bousquet, C. A. H., Furrer, R. D. & le Roux, A. 2014. Vocal complexity in meerkats and other mongoose species. Advances in the Study of Behavior 46: 281-310 (invited paper).
  27. le Roux, A., R. Beishuizen, W. Brekelmans, A. Ganswindt, M. Paris, F. Dalerum. 2014. Innovative paternal care in the bat-eared fox. Acta Ethologica 17(1): 63-66.
  28. le Roux, A., N. Snyder-Mackler, E. Roberts, J. Beehner, T. Bergman. 2013. Evidence for tactical concealment in a wild primate. Nature Communications 4:1462.
  29. Breshears, D., and A. le Roux. 2013. Outsider discourse surrounding children’s experiences of familial identity in same-sex-parented families. In: Home affairs: Rethinking lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families in contemporary South Africa (Ed. by C. L.-D. Beer & J. Marnell), pp. 1-20. Johannesburg: Jacana Media.
  30. Gustison, M., A. le Roux, and T. Bergman. 2012. Derived vocalisations of geladas (Theropithecus gelada) and the evolution of vocal complexity in primates. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 367: 1847-1859 (invited paper).
  31. le Roux, A., and T. J. Bergman. 2012. Indirect rival assessment in a social primate, Theropithecus geladaAnimal Behaviour 83: 249-255.
  32. le Roux, A., J. C. Beehner, and T. J. Bergman. 2010. Female philopatry and dominance patterns in wild geladas. American Journal of Primatology 71:1-9.
  33. Vos, P. J., K. J. Cloete, A. le Roux, M. Kidd, and G. P. Jordaan. 2010. A retrospective review of trends and clinical characteristics of methamphetamine-related acute psychiatric admissions in a South African context. African Journal of Psychiatry 13: 390-394.
  34. le Roux, A., M. I. Cherry, and M. B. Manser. 2009. The vocal repertoire in a solitary foraging carnivore, Cynictis penicillata, may reflect facultative sociality. Naturwissenschaften 96:575-584.
  35. le Roux, A., M. I. Cherry, L. Gygax, and M. B. Manser. 2009. Vigilance behaviour and fitness consequences: comparing a solitary foraging and an obligate group-foraging mammal. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63:1097-1107.
  36. Vidya, T. N. C., Z. Balmforth, A. le Roux, and M. I. Cherry. 2009. Genetic structure, relatedness and helping behaviour in the yellow mongoose in a farmland and a natural habitat. Journal of Zoology 278:57-64.
  37. Koen, L., P. Magni, D. J. H. Niehaus, and A. le Roux. 2008. Antipsychotic prescription patterns in Xhosa patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder: original article. African Journal of Psychiatry 11:287-290.
  38. le Roux, A., M. I. Cherry, and M. B. Manser. 2008a. The audience effect in a facultatively social mammal, the yellow mongoose, Cynictis penicillataAnimal Behaviour 75:943-949.
  39. le Roux, A., M. I. Cherry, and M. B. Manser.  2008b. The effects of population density and sociality on scent marking in the yellow mongoose. Journal of Zoology 275:33-40.
  40. le Roux, A., T. P. Jackson, and M. I. Cherry. 2002. Differences in alarm vocalizations of sympatric populations of the whistling rats, Parotomys brantsii and P. littledalei (Rodentia : Muridae). Journal of Zoology 257:189-194.
  41. le Roux, A., T. P. Jackson, and M. I. Cherry. 2001a. Does Brants` whistling rat (Parotomys brantsii) use an urgency-based alarm system in reaction to aerial and terrestrial predators? Behaviour 138:757-773.
  42. le Roux, A., T. P. Jackson, and M. I. Cherry. 2001b. The effect of changing call duration and calling bouts on vigilance in Brants` whistling rat, Parotomys brantsiiBehaviour 138:1287-1302.

Courses Presented

I have taught several modules in the Department of Zoology and Entomology related to ecology, animal behaviour, and general scientific skills.

I currently teach the following modules: 

Introduction to Animal Behaviour (3rd-year level)

Scientific communication and methodology (Honours level)

Science for Society (Honours level)


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