William Andrew Taylor

William Andrew Taylor
University of Pretoria | UP · Wildlife in Trade Programme

PhD Zoology

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Introduction
Additional affiliations
March 2014 - present
The Endangered Wildlife Trust
Position
  • Wildlife Trade and Ranching Project Manager
October 2011 - February 2014
None
Position
  • Private conservation consultant
October 2007 - August 2011
University of Wyoming
Position
  • PostDoc Position

Publications

Publications (37)
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Reversing biodiversity loss is a global imperative that requires setting aside sufficient space for species. In South Africa, an estimated area of 20 million ha is under wildlife ranching, a form of private land enterprise that adopts wildlife-based land uses for commercial gain. This land has potential to contribute towards biodiversity conservati...
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The private wildlife sector in South Africa must demonstrate value in the face of political pressures for economic growth, job creation and food security. Through structured survey questionnaires of landowners and managers from 276 private wildlife ranches, we describe patterns of wildlife-based land uses (WBLUs), estimate their financial and socia...
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The mammal family Tenrecidae (Afrotheria: Afrosoricida) is endemic to Madagascar. Here we present the conservation priorities for the 31 species of tenrec that were assessed or reassessed in 2015–2016 for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Six species (19.4%) were found to be threatened (4 Vulnerable, 2 Endangered) and one species was categor...
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As landscapes continue to fall under human influence through habitat loss, fragmentation, and settlement expansion, fencing is increasingly being used to mitigate anthropogenic threats or enhance the commercial value of wildlife. Subsequent intensification of management potentially erodes wildness by disembodying populations from landscape‐level pr...
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African rhino populations are under severe threat from poachers, who kill rhinos to obtain horn for illegal trade. Over the 9-year period between 2008 and 2016, an estimated 7124 rhinos were poached in Africa, with the main focus of this killing occurring in South Africa, where 1054 rhinos were killed during 2016 alone. The poaching continues at an...
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Among cooperatively breeding species, helpers are hypothesised to increase the survival of breeders by reducing breeder workload in offspring care and increased group vigilance against predators. Furthermore, parental nepotism or other benefits of group living may provide a survival benefit to young that delay dispersal to help. We tested these hyp...
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Many African protected areas (PAs) are not functioning effectively. We reviewed the performance of Zambia's PA network and provide insights into how their effectiveness might be improved. Zambia's PAs are under-performing in ecological, economic and social terms. Reasons include: a) rapidly expanding human populations, poverty and open-access syste...
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The number and area of wildlife ranches in Zambia increased from 30 and 1,420 km(2) in 1997 to 177 and ∼6,000 km(2) by 2012. Wild ungulate populations on wildlife ranches increased from 21,000 individuals in 1997 to ∼91,000 in 2012, while those in state protected areas declined steeply. Wildlife ranching and crocodile farming have a turnover of ∼US...
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The abundance and distribution of parasitic helminths in populations of African buffaloes, Syncerus caffer, have not been well documented. A total of 28 buffaloes of different ages and sexeswere sampled in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, for nematodes of the small intestine. Three nematode species were identified, namely Cooperia fuelleborn...
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The anterior pituitary gland regulates physiological processes via the secretion of hormones, which are under the control of factors produced either in the hypothalamus or the pituitary gland itself. Studies investigating how the pituitary gland functions have employed both in vitro and in vivo approaches. Although in vitro analysis has the advanta...
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In many cooperatively-breeding species, the presence of one or more helpers improves the reproductive performance of the breeding pair receiving help. Helper contributions can take many different forms, including allo-feeding, offspring provisioning, and offspring guarding or defence. Yet, most studies have focussed on single forms of helper contri...
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We investigated home ranges of grey rhebok and mountain reedbuck at Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve in South Africa. Minimum convex polygon (MCP) and adaptive kernel methods were used to estimate home ranges and core areas for six grey rhebok herds and ten territorial male mountain reedbuck. MCP (95%) areas for rhebok herds varied between 30 and 10...
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Mountain reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula) occupy marginal habitat that is rarely used by cattle. They are fecund, produce good quality meat and have the potential to be cropped commercially. Body condition indices including dressing % (DP), kidney fat indices (KFI), leg fat percentages (LFP) and leg muscle percentages (LMP) were investigated at two n...
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We investigated home ranges of grey rhebok and mountain reedbuck at Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve in South Africa. Minimum convex polygon (MCP) and adaptive kernel methods were used to estimate home ranges and core areas for six grey rhebok herds and ten territorial male mountain reedbuck. MCP (95%) areas for rhebok herds varied between 30 and 10...
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Behavioural observations were carried out on grey rhebok and mountain reedbuck at Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa, for a period of 1 year between May 2001 and April 2002. Four harem herds of grey rhebok, five territorial male mountain reedbuck and female mountain reedbuck (herds grouped as one individual) were monitored to determine a...
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Scent marking and submission behaviour of adult and juvenile male grey rhebok were monitored at Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa, between April 2001 and April 2002. The frequency of scent marking in three territorial males was highest between October and December, coinciding with the period when they evicted juvenile males from their n...
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Population dynamics of grey rhebok Pelea capreolus and mountain reedbuck Redunca fulvorufula were monitored at Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve in South Africa over three breeding seasons. Birth and death rates were recorded in both species, and causes of death were investigated. Immigration and emigration were monitored in grey rhebok. Grey rhebok...
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The social organisation of southern mountain reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula fulvorufula) and grey rhebok (Pelea capreolus) is reassessed and categorised according to ecological factors. Both species generally fit well into social class B, as used by Jarman (1974). Both feed selectively without changing plant types all year, with mountain reedbuck be...
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Helminths of mountain reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula fulvorufula) and gray rhebok (Pelea capreolus) were investigated in South Africa between June 1999 and February 2002. Forty-one mountain reedbuck were culled at Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve over 8 different periods, and 25 mountain reedbuck were culled at Tussen die Riviere Nature Reserve over...
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A new species of Cooperia, for which the name Cooperia pigachei n. sp. is proposed, was recovered from a mountain reedbuck, Redunca fulvorufula, from the Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve, Free State Province, and is described and illustrated. It is close to Cooperia neitzi Mönnig, 1932 and the South African race of Cooperia rotundispiculum in having...
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Aardvarks are found in a wide range of habitats in sub-Saharan Africa, from semi-arid zones in the Nama Karoo to high rainfall areas of tropical rainforests. They are not, therefore, specifically adapted to living in dry or wet conditions; rather, being committed nocturnal and fossorial, myrmecophages, they have evolved anatomical, physiological an...
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Thirteen aardvarks (Orycteropus afer) were radio tagged at Tussen die Riviere Nature Reserve in the Nama Karoo between 1996 and 1998. Faecal contents were analysed and four habituated aardvarks closely followed to investigate feeding ecology. The diet of the aardvark consisted entirely of ants and termites, with ants predominating in all seasons an...
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Nine aardvarks (Orycteropus afer) were captured in the southern Free State, South Africa, for the placement of abdominal radio transmitters. Five combinations of ketamine hydrochloride with xylazine hydrochloride, midazolam or medetomidine hydrochloride were used to induce anaesthesia. In some cases the level of anaesthesia was maintained with 1.5%...

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