Manqoba M. Zungu

Manqoba M. Zungu
University of KwaZulu-Natal | ukzn · School of Life Sciences

BSc Hons MSc PhD

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Introduction
I am an ecologist, naturalist and conservation biologist. My primary interests lie in plant-animal mutualistic interactions. I am particularly interested in how these are affected by human impacts. I also have a parallel interest in systematic conservation planning.

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Publications (18)
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Urbanisation is rapidly transforming natural landscapes with consequences for biodiversity. Little is documented on the response of African wildlife to urbanisation. We reviewed case studies of vertebrate species’ responses to urbanisation in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa to determine trends. Connected habitat mosaics of natural and anthropogenic gre...
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South Africa's communal rangelands constitute ~25% of the country's land cover and are largely managed for livestock grazing. These habitats play an important role in rural livelihoods and cultural practices. Using semi-structured interviews, we documented indigenous local ecological knowledge (LEK) held by rural dwellers linked to natural resource...
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The House Sparrow Passer domesticus is recognised as one of the commonest avian invasive species globally, with its occurrence associated with human existence. However, relatively little on population sizes of this species in rural landscapes has been documented. The study on House Sparrows was conducted in three areas in a rural landscape of Limpo...
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Loss of habitat area and structural heterogeneity through anthropogenic fragmentation poses a threat to the survival of wildlife, which may be exacerbated by urban pressures. Understanding the underlying ecological processes that influence species’ persistence in fragmented landscapes is vital for conservation. We described the effects of forest fr...
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Animal visitation to fruiting plants and fruit removal are fundamental for fruit consumption which may potentially lead to seed dispersal. Endozoochorous seed dispersal has been extensively documented showing avian species as main vectors; however, some studies have investigated prominent mammalian species such bats, primates and ungulates. Nonethe...
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The loss and fragmentation of natural habitats is a major threat to biodiversity globally. In fragmented landscapes, species are not only affected by patch-level attributes but also by the influence of the whole mosaic of landscape elements surrounding habitat patches. Therefore, it is important to understand the simultaneous effects of local and l...
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Urbanisation is one of the most rapidly expanding forms of landscape modification by humans and leads to large-scale loss and fragmentation of native habitat. This can alter the structure, composition and function of remnant habitat. Therefore, understanding the influence of both landscape and patch characteristics is important for understanding fa...
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Anthropogenic forest disturbance pose a significant threat to the persistence of wildlife. Generally, disturbance of forest environments alters vegetation structure, affecting specialised niche-dependent avian species. We investigated the influence of a comprehensive suite of vegetation structures on the taxonomic and functional diversity of avian...
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Ethanol is a natural by-product of the fermentation process of fruit sugars. Its production started with the advent of fleshy fruits, which suggests a long-term association between ethanol and frugivores. Consequently, one suggestion is that because frugivores could use its odour to locate fruiting plants, they should show a preference for fruit wi...
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Digestive physiology is important for understanding the feeding behaviour of organisms. Specifically, studies on the digestive physiology of frugivorous and nectarivorous birds are important for elucidating their preference patterns in the wild and the selective pressures they exert on fruit and nectar. In this study, digesta transit times and dige...

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Very few studies have documented the occurrence of forest-dependent mammals on forest fragments, especially in urban areas. As a result, little is known about the conservation importance of these fragments which makes developing appropriate conservation measures cumbersome. This can be attributed to the fact that many of these species are elusive and thus difficult (and expensive) to survey using basic survey techniques. Remotely-triggered camera trapping offers unprecedented opportunities for monitoring these species and is relatively inexpensive and non-invasive. The overarching aim of this study is to determine whether small patches of forests can safeguard forest-dependent mammal species within the eThekwini Municipality area. The objectives are as follows: • To establish site occupancy of forest-dependent mammals on forest patches using camera trap data. • To determine how patch occupancy changes along an urbanisation gradient and establish potential drivers of change. • To determine the effects of patch characteristics on occupancy by different mammalian species. • To use species distribution data from camera traps to model the movement of organisms across the landscape in order to devise a corridor/connectivity plan.