Published: 24 January 2015
By:Agulhas Biodoversity Initiative
Not much is known about the last free-roaming top predator in the Western and Eastern Cape - the leopard. But a new study has aimed to report on leopard population structuring in these regions using nuclear DNA. The study, led by Jeannine McManus of the Landmark Foundation, found that leopards here exist in a fragmented population structure with lower than expected genetic diversity. As a result, the right management actions are needed to increase habitat connectivity, and reduce human-carnivore conflict.