The Organisations

Who we are

MammalMAP is jointly run by the Animal Demography Unit (ADU) at the University of Cape Town, and the Mammal Research Insitute (MRI) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

The ADU focuses on curating, analysing, publishing and disseminating important biodiversity data. Using citizen science projects, long-term monitoring, statistical modelling and population-level interpretation of results, the ADU strives to understand animal populations and guide conservation policy and decision making.

The MRI is dedicated to research and teaching on the biology and ecology of African mammals, including the conservation of mammal fauna in the context of sustainable human development. 

The ADU and Citizen Science

The ADU leads a new type of activism. We aim to turn members of the general public firstly into “citizen scientists” and then on to become “ambassadors for biodiversity.” If we are going to win the battle surrounding the biodiversity crisis, we believe that this is the way to do it. Our strategy has two steps: (1) hugely increase the number of participants in our projects; (2) demonstrate to them that their participation serves national and international biodiversity policy goals, and then help them to able to articulate these understandings within their communities, and help create a broader awareness of the vital services that intact ecosystems provide through the conservation of biodiversity.