AfricanBioServices is an EU-funded research project investigating Ecosystem Services in the Greater Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem in eastern Africa. The main aim of the research project is to understand how the ongoing climate change, human population growth and landuse change affect biodiversity and human well-being, and use this information to derive novel solutions for a future sustainable development.

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Climate Change

Climate change represents a major threat to global biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being. In the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, effects of climate change are particularly apparent in the form of increased variability and irregularity of rainfall.

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Landuse Change

Agricultural and industrial development is modifying the way different areas are utilized, and in the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem the natural landscape is changing quickly.

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Human Population Growth

The African continent harbours the fastest growing human population in the world, and the pressure on natural resources in the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem is constantly increasing.

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Vultures respond to auditory cues

Vultures and other avian scavengers characteristically circle the skies, scanning the ground for carcasses. New research has revealed that these birds can, in addition to sight, respond to auditory cues indicative of potential foraging opportunities. To date, Africa’s vultures have been thought to rely exclusively on eyesight whilst foraging. This may be either through the

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Tolerant scientists produce better science

A brand new open access e-book helps future conservation scientists prepare themselves for interdisciplinary research with collaborators from diverse backgrounds. How can young conservation scientists learn to be tolerant and work with diverse partners to produce better science in order to save nature? Dr. Mary Mildred Stith, one of the authors of the new open

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