Activities

Links to theses and dissertations on the topics below, can be found on the ALPRU homepage.

Measuring the bodies of large African predators.


Body measurements (a total of 45 variables, ranging from body mass to canine dimensions) were taken from 53 lions of both sexes and different ages.

In an improvement of the comprehensive procedure to measure the bodies of large African predators, two additional variables on the manes of male lions were added; hence 47 variables are currently measured.

For a description of ALPRU's comprehensive method of measuring the bodies of large African predators, see Project 1.



Studying the milk of African lions


The milk from lactating lionesses was collected during different stages of lactation and analysed in laboratories at the UFS. The milk of African lionesses have a high lipid (fat) and protein content. Milk is the sole diet of young cubs for the first few weeks until they gradually start consuming solid animal matter as part of their carnivorous diet.

The authors of the article "The composition of African lion (Panthera leo) milk, collected a few days postpartum" demonstrates the network of individuals from disciplines such as Food Science and Biochemistry, who also engaged in the research conducted by ALPRU.


Feeding trials


Feeding trails were conducted on African lion, leopard and cheetah.
Two additional publications stemming from these studies, include: 
Digestibility studies with captive African lions; and
Digestibility studies with captive leopards


Courses
In a course presented under the auspices of ALPRU between 2005 and 2016, students learned to identify feeding patterns, signs as well as the species eaten by wild herbivores and carnivores in field trips to Tussen die Riviere Nature Reserve. 






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BLOEMFONTEIN CAMPUS FACULTY CONTACT

Elfrieda van den Berg (Marketing Manager)
T: +27 51 401 2531
E:vdberge@ufs.ac.za

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Dilahlwane Mohono (Faculty Officer)
T: +27 58 718 5284
E:naturalscienceqq@ufs.ac.za

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