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Jackals in your backyard?

How and why black-backed jackals could be adapting to urban living will be the subject of the next evening talk of the Modderfontein Conservation Society.

The illustrated talk, entitled Jackals in the Suburbs – Their Future?  will be presented by researcher and environmentalist Carina Wilkins. It will take place at the Modderfontein Town Hal, 1 Casino Road, at 7.30pm on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

As a result of increased urbanisation and a loss of favourable natural habitats, wild animals are either moving or being trapped into urban environments.

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“For species such as black-backed jackals, with their wide dietary tendencies, residing in an urban environment may prove beneficial,” said Carina.

“Urban environments may provide an abundance of resources, as well as reduced competition that allow rapid population growth.”  The ability to adapt to new or modified environments is vital and is the subject of current research.

Carina is looking at where in the Greater Johannesburg area black-backed jackal occur at present, including the Modderfontein Reserve, with a more focused study on those currently residing in Jackal Creek Golf Estate in Roodepoort.

Carina is working as a Life Science educator at Jeppe High School for Girls and pursuing her master’s degree in animal ecology through Wits University part-time.  Her love for teaching was grounded in a combination of employee training at hotels, her undergraduate studies (BSc Hons Wildlife Management) and field guiding experience.

Visitors are welcome to attend the talk.  An entrance fee of R30 is charged to help cover expenses.

For more info, contact Robbie Vermont 082 800 3704 or 011 608 2693.

Carina Wilkins, researcher and environmentalist.

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