Head Office: University of Cape Town, South Africa
Geographic Area of Work: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho, and Swaziland. The whole of Africa for projects like MammalMAP (The African Mammal Atlas) and LepiMAP (The Atlas of African Lepidoptera)
Mission: The mission of the ADU is to contribute to the understanding of animal populations, especially population dynamics, and thus provide input to their conservation. We achieve this through mass citizen science participation projects, long-term monitoring, innovative statistical modelling and population-level interpretation of results. The emphasis is on the curation, analysis, publication, and dissemination of data and the conservation of biodiversity.
Vision: We believe that the best way to achieve biodiversity conservation is through enabling conservation decisions to be based on solid quantitative evidence. We achieve this in three ways: we gather enormous volumes of data through our expanding citizen science programmes; we lead Africa in the emerging discipline of statistical ecology, and use its approaches to understand the dynamics of animal populations; we multiply our effectiveness by training postgraduate students to apply this paradigm.
• Conservation: Informing, influencing and motivating biodiversity policy development based on sound quantitative and scientific evidence through our commitment to long-term monitoring and analysis.
• Partnership: Nurturing partnerships with people, organizations and governments on the African continent to benefit biodiversity conservation and mutual growth.
• Empowering: Enabling people to play a meaningful and living role in the science conversation by transforming Citizen Scientists into “ambassadors for biodiversity”.
• Openness: Adopting an “Open Access” data sharing paradigm that maximizes the benefit derived from data collectively gathered, and thus advancing interdisciplinary scholarly research and informing conservation needs.
• Innovation: Continuing the pioneering work that has made us leaders in Citizen Science.
• Education: Providing training and research opportunities to the next generation of scientists, leaders and environmentalists.
[/text_output][line][text_output]The Animal Demography Unit is an active Alliance Partner working in the following areas:[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/4″][text_output]Amphibians
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Published the Atlas and Red Data Book of the Frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland – The book has species accounts and distribution maps for all 115 known frog species of the region as well as colour photos of the threatened species and their habitats and threats. The four introductory chapters cover project methods, conservation issues, biogeography of the region’s frogs, and causes of declines. The distribution maps reflect data collected during seven years of fieldwork (1996–2003) and earlier data compiled from museum records, private collections, the literature and conservation agencies.
FrogMAP – FrogMAP is the continuation of the Southern African Frog Atlas Project (SAFAP). It aims to build on the distribution data collected during seven years of fieldwork (1996-2003), plus earlier data compiled from museum records, private collections, the literature and conservation agencies. (http://vmus.adu.org.za/)