Super Canids in South Africa

Learn from researcher Dr Jan Kamler about black-backed jackals, a species of ‘super canid’. 


Black-backed jackals are considered a ‘super canid’, meaning they have strong ecological impacts on other species. Jan Kamler is an expert on the black-backed jackals of South Africa, focusing on the interactions of black-backed jackals, smaller canids, wild ungulates, and livestock. His research has shown that jackals have strong, negative impacts on smaller canids like cape foxes and bat-eared foxes, and that jackals are significant predators of wild ungulates and livestock. These impacts cause conflicts with humans when it comes to both conservation efforts and agricultural livelihoods. Join us for a fascinating talk from Dr Kamler about how we might help humans and jackals better coexist.

This event is suitable for adults and teenagers. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Entry is free for members of the Oxfordshire Mammal Group. Tickets (£3) and membership (£6/year) will be available at the door for non-members.


Oxfordshire Mammal Group


About the speaker:

Dr Jan F Kamler is a former US Fulbright Scholar and Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford University. He has been affiliated with WildCru since 2004 and is a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, IUCN Canid Specialist Group, and the IUCN Dhole Working Group. He is also a member of the Society for Conservation Biology, American Society of Mammologists, and The Wildlife Society.


Accessibility information:

Wheelchair accessible? Yes
Hearing loops? Yes
Seating? Yes
Refreshments? No
Flashing lights? No
Loud noises? No

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