Text Box: What we do

The group (Michael Somers, his students and post-docs) has broad research interests, but for the foreseeable future will concentrate on  African carnivore ecology and behaviour.

We aim to produce applied research, with practical conservation application/ value.

Group members that are not in the field are based at the Centre for Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria.


Present professional and academic positions:

Lecturer in and Director of  the Centre for Wildlife Management,  University of Pretoria

Core Team Member of the Centre for Invasion Biology, University of Stellenbosch

Member of the Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria

Academic Editor for  PeerJ, Associate editor for South African Journal of Wildlife Research and Mammalian Biology and Editorial Board member of Koedoe.

Council member of the South African Wildlife Management Association.

Member of the IUCN Reintroduction, and Otter specialist groups and also a member of the IUCN South African Wild Dog Advisory Group (WAG-SA).

Centre for Wildlife Management

University of Pretoria

0002 Pretoria


Tel: +27 (0)12 420 2627

Fax: +27 (0)12 420 6096


E-mail: mjs   (at  sign )  up.ac. za

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*Disclaimer: This is a private web site. The information presented and opinions expressed here are my own and not that of any other individual or organization.


Michael Somers


Lecturer in the Centre for Wildlife Management,  University of Pretoria

African Wild Dog
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