Publications

2022

STRYDOM, Z., WALLER, L.J., BROWN, M., FRITZ, H., VENTER, J.A. (2022) Factors that influence Cape fur seal predation on Cape gannets at Lambert’s Bay, South Africa. PeerJLife (In press)

JANSEN VAN VUUREN, A., FRITZ, H. & VENTER, J.A. (2022) Five small antelope species diets indicate different levels of anthrodependence in the Overberg Renosterveld, South Africa. African Journal of Ecology (In press)

BROOKE, C.F., MAREAN, C.W., WREN, C.D., FRITZ, H., VENTER, J.A. (2022). Using functional groups to predict the spatial distribution of large herbivores on the Paleo-Agulhas Plain, South Africa during the Last Glacial Maximum. Journal of Quaternary Science, 1-3

KANE, A., MONADJEM, A., BILDSTEIN, K.,  BOTHA, A., BRACEBRIDGE, C., BUECHLEY, E.R., BUIJ, R., DAVIES, J.P., DIEKMANN, M., DOWNS, C., FARWIG, N., GALLIGAN, T., KALTENECKER, G., KELLY, C., KEMP, R., KOLBERG, H., MACKENZIE, M., MENDELSOHN, J., MGUMBA, M., NATHAN, R., NICHOLAS, A., OGADA, D., PFEIFFER, M.B., PHIPPS, W.L., PRETORIUS, M., RÖSNER, S., SCHABO, D.G., SPIEGEL, O., THOMPSON, L.J., VENTER, J.A., VIRANI, M., WOLTER, K., KENDALL, C. (2022). Continent-wide variation in vulture ranging behavior to assess feasibility of Vulture Safe Zones in Africa: Challenges and possibilities. Biological Conservation 268:109516 

EVERS, E.M., PRETORIUS, M.E., VENTER, J.A., HONIBALL, T., KEITH, M., MGQATSA, N., SOMERS, M.J. (2022). Varying degrees of spatio-temporal partitioning between large carnivores in a fenced reserve, South Africa. Wildlife Research

HELM, C.W., CARR, A.S., CAWTRA, H.C., DE VYNCK, J.C., DIXON, M., STEAR, W., STUART, MC., STUART, M. (2022). Possible Pleistocene Pinniped Ichnofossils on South Africa’s Cape South Coast. Journal of Coastal Research (In Press)

LOCKLEY, M.G., HELM, C.W., CAWTRA, H.C., DE VYNCK, J.C., DIXON, M., VENTER, J.A. (2022) Small mammal and arthropod trackways from the Pleistocene of the Cape south coast of South Africa. Quaternary Research, pp. 1-5.

2021

HONIBALL, T., SOMERS, M.J, FRITZ, H., VENTER, J.A. (2021) Feeding Ecology of the Large Carnivore Guild in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa, African Journal of Wildlife Research 51(1)

FAURE, J.P.B., SWANEPOEL, L.H., CILLIERS, D., VENTER, J.A., HILL, R.A.  (2021) Estimates of carnivore densities in a human-dominated agricultural matrix in South Africa. Oryx (First View): pp. 1-8. 

BULLOCK, K., WOOD, A., DAMES, V.A., VENTER, J.A., GREEFF, J. (2021) A decade of surf-zone linefish monitoring in the Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area, with a preliminary assessment of the effects of rezoning and resource use. African Journal of Marine Science. 43(3):1-15.

HELM, C.W., CAWTRA, H.C., COWLING, R.M., DE VYNCK, J.C., LOCKLEY, M.G., MAREAN, C.W., DIXON, M.G., HELM, C.J.Z., STEAR, W., THESEN, G.H.H., VENTER, J.A. (2021) Protecting and preserving South African aeolianite surfaces from graffiti. Koedoe 63(1), a1656.   

ALEXANDER, G.J., TOLLEY, K.A., MARITZ, B., MCKECHNIE, A., MANGER, P., THOMSON, R.L., et al. Excessive red tape is strangling biodiversity research in South Africa. S Afr J Sci. 2021;117(9/10), Art. #10787.   

HELM, C.W., CAWTRA, H.C., COWLING, R.M., DE VYNCK, J.C., LOCKLEY, M.G., MAREAN, C.W., DIXON, M.G., HELM, C.J.Z., STEAR, W., THESEN, G.H.H., VENTER, J.A. (2021) Protecting and preserving South African aeolianite surfaces from graffiti. Koedoe 63(1)

BROOKE, C.F., MAREAN, C.W., WREN, C.D., FRITZ, H. & VENTER, J.A. (2021) Retrodicting large herbivore biomass for the last glacial maximum on the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain (South Africa) using modern ecological knowledge of African herbivore assemblages and rainfall. Quaternary Research. Quaternary Research, 1-15.

BURT, C., FRITZ, H., KEITH, M., GUERBOIS, C. & VENTER, J.A. (2021) Assessing different methods for measuring mammal diversity in two southern African arid ecosystems. Mammal Research  66: 313–326

PARDO, L.E., BOMBACI, S., HUEBNER, S.E., SOMERS, M.J., FRITZ, H., DOWNS, C., GUTHMANN, A., HETEM, R.S., KEITH, M., LE ROUX, A., MGQATSA, N., PACKER, C., PALMER, M.S., PARKER, D.M., PEEL, M., SLOTOW, R., STRAUSS, W.M., SWANEPOEL, L., TAMBLING, C., TSIE, N., VERMEULEN, M., WILLI, M., JACHOWSKI, D., VENTER, J.A. (2021) Snapshot Safari: A large-scale collaborative to monitor Africa’s remarkable biodiversity. South African Journal of Science 117(1/2), Art. #8134

2020

YOUNG, C., FRITZ, H., SMITHWICK, E. & VENTER, J.A. (2020) Patch-scale selection patterns of grazing herbivores in the central basalt plains of Kruger National Park. African Journal of Range and Forage Science.

HODGKINS, J., MAREAN, C.W., VENTER J.A., RICHARDSON, L., ROBERTS, P., ZECH, J., DIFFORD, M., COPELAND, S.R., ORR, C.M., KELLER, H.M., FAHEY, B.P., LEE-THORP, J. (2020) An isotopic test of the seasonal migration hypothesis for large grazing ungulates inhabiting the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain. Quaternary Science Reviews 235.  

SOMERS, M.J., WALTERS, M., MEASEY, J., STRAUSS, W.M., TURNER, A.A., VENTER, J.A., NEL, L., KERLEY, G.I.H., TAYLOR, W.A., MOODLEY, Y. (2020) The implications of the reclassification of South African wildlife species as farm animals. South African Journal of Science. 116(1/2), Art. #7724, 2 pages.

WINTERTON, D, VAN WILGEN N.J., VENTER, J.A. (2020) Investigating the effects of management practice on mammalian co-occurrence along the West Coast of South Africa. PeerJ.

MARTENS, F.R., PFEIFFER, M.B., DOWNS, C.T. & VENTER, J.A. (2020) Roost site selection of the endangered Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres). Ostrich 91(1).   

BROOKE, C.F., FORTIN, D., KRAAIJ, T., FRITZ, H., KALULE-SABITI, M.J., VENTER, J.A. (2020) Poaching impedes the selection of optimal post-fire forage in three large grazing herbivores. Biological Conservation 241(108393).   

VENTER, J.A., BROOKE, C.F., MAREAN, C.W., FRITZ, H., & HELM, C.W. (2020) Large mammals of the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain showed resilience to extreme climate change but vulnerability to modern human impacts. Quaternary Science Reviews 235.   

WREN, C.D., BOTHA, S., DE VYNCK, J., JANSSEN, M., HILL, K., SHOOK, E., HARRIS, J.A., WOOD, B.M., VENTER, J.A., COWLING, R., FRANKLIN, J., FISHER, E.C., MAREAN, C.W. (2020) The foraging potential of the Holocene Cape south coast of South Africa without the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain. Quaternary Science Reviews 235.  

HELM, C.W., CAWTRA, H.C., COWLING, R.M., DE VYNCK, J.C., LOCKLEY, M.G., MAREAN, C.W., THESEN, G.H.H., VENTER, J.A. (2020) Pleistocene vertebrate tracksites on the Cape south coast of South Africa and their potential palaeoecological implications. Quaternary Science Reviews 235.

YOUNG, C., FRITZ, H., SMITHWICK, E. & VENTER, J.A. (2020) The landscape-scale drivers of herbivore assemblage distribution on the central basalt plains of Kruger National Park. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 36(1):1328.  

Thornton D. et al. 2020. Precipitous decline of white-lipped peccary populations in Mesoamerica. Biological Conservation 242: 108410

2019

VENTER, J.A., MARTENS, F. & WOLTER, K. (2019) Conservation buffer sizes derived from movement data of breeding adult Cape Vultures (Gyps coprotheres) in South Africa. African Zoology 54(2):115-118. 

Pardo, L.E., M.J. Campbell, M. Cove, W. Edwards, G.R.Clements, and W. F. Laurance. 2019. Land management strategies can increase oil palm plantation use by some terrestrial mammals in Colombia. Scientific Reports 9, Article number: 7812

VOGEL, J., SOMERS, M.J. & VENTER, J.A. (2019) Niche overlap and dietary resource partitioning in an African large carnivore guild. Journal of Zoology 309(3):212-223   

HELM, C.W., CAWTHRA, H., DE VYNCK, J., LOCKLEY, M.J., MCCREA, R.T., VENTER, J.A. (2019) A tale of two rocks – The Pleistocene fauna of the Cape south coast revealed through ichnology. South African Journal of Science Vol.115 No. 1/2

2018

VOGEL, J., SOMERS, M.J. & VENTER, J.A. (2018) The foraging ecology of reintroduced African wild dog in small protected areas, Wildlife Biology.     

MARTENS, F.R., PFEIFFER, M.B., DOWNS, C.T. & VENTER, J.A. (2018) Post‑fledging movement and spatial ecology of the endangered Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres), Journal of Ornithology, 159(4): 913-922.   

BROOKE, C.F.; KRAAIJ, T & VENTER, J.A. (2018) Characterizing a poacher-driven fire regime in low-nutrient coastal grasslands of Pondoland, South Africa. Fire Ecology, 14(1):1-16 

VENTER, J.A., PRINS, H.H.T., MASHANOVA, A., & SLOTOW, R., (2017) Ungulates rely less on visual cues, but more on adapting movement behaviour, when searching for forage. PeerJ 

2017

PFEIFFER, M., VENTER, J.A. & DOWNS, C. (2017) Observations of microtrash ingestion in Cape Vultures in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, African Zoology, 52(1): 65–67.   

2016

CONRADIE, W., REEVES, B., BROWN, N. & VENTER, J.A. (2016) Herpetofauna of the Oviston, Commando Drift and Tsolwana nature reserves in the arid interior of the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, Indago 32.

PFEIFFER, M., VENTER, J.A. & DOWNS, C. (2016) Cliff characteristics, neighbour requirements and breeding success of the colonial Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres, Ibis 159:26-37. 

VENTER, J.A. & KALULE-SABITI, M.J. (2016) Diet composition of the large herbivores in Mkambati Nature Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa. African Journal of Wildlife Research (46)1: 49-56. 

2015

VENTER, J.A. & CONRADIE, W., (2015) A checklist of the reptiles and amphibians found in protected areas along the South African Wild Coast, with notes on conservation implications. Koedoe (57)1.

VENTER, J.A., PRINS, H.H.T., MASHANOVA, A., DE BOER, W.F. & SLOTOW, R., (2015) Intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing large African herbivore movements. Ecological Informatics 30: 257-262 

WEEL, S., WATSON, L., WEEL, J., VENTER, J.A., & REEVES, B., (2015) Cape mountain zebra in the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve, South Africa: resource use reveals limitations to zebra performance in a dystrophic mountainous ecosystem. African Journal of Ecology 53(4): 428-438. 

PFEIFFER, M.B., VENTER, J.A., & DOWNS, C.T., (2015) Foraging range and habitat use by Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres from the Msikaba colony, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Koedoe.57(1). Art.#1240, 11 pages.