Friday, 24 August 2012, marked the first ever spot-lighting survey for serval, Leptailurus serval, which was undertaken in the KZN Midlands. During the four hours drive we spotted five servals, two of which were kittens.
The survey, organized and conducted by Martin Erasmus, Dawie Scholtz and Ann Burke was in support of Dr T. Ramesh’s post doctoral research. Dr. Ramesh is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Life Sciences, at the University of UKZN, Pietermaritzburg. Professor C.T. Downs is his advisor.
Dr. Ramesh who arrived in South Africa from India less than a month ago has begun a two year study of serval to investigate how different land use patterns affect serval populations and its distribution in the Midlands. He is also interested in other small mammalian predators – from mongooses to caracals. While working in the field, Dr Ramesh is staying with Chris Brown outside Fort Nottingham.
Dr. Ramesh requests assistance from area landowners to help identify the presence of small predators on their properties. Please contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell: 0765515663
Dr. Ramesh plans to present a talk on his research on Bengal tigers to the Lions Bush Conservancy before the end of the year. Stay tuned for this date and time announcement!