Comparing the genetic variability of brown hyaena populations

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In South Africa brown hyenas are found inside and outside protected areas, however it is unclear how populations are connected in this landscape and if fences surrounding protected areas may act as barriers to population connectivity, generating isolation and loss of diversity.

The project aimed to compare the genetic variability of brown hyaena populations across different landscapes, presenting variability in barriers to migration. The study investigated the use of different collection techniques to obtain genetic information from non-invasive faecal and paste material in order to assess the impact of protected area ‘isolation’ and population sinks from lethal control, to help inform management practices and aid species conservation and persistence.

DNA fingerprints were obtained from faecal material, which demonstrates the potential for studying the population dynamics of this elusive animal from trace material. The information will continue to help to inform species management in protected areas to ensure long term population viability.
Effective start/end date1/01/0831/12/12


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