Serval researchers will return

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Mike Toft, vet and member of the research team, with one of the servals captured at Sasol recently.

A research project team comprising of organisations and scientists finished their visit to Secunda for now.
They collected data and did research on the high population of serval found at Sasol.
The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) also visited Sasol and filmed the behaviour of these cats.
The research team captured the servals to collect biological data and to fit satellite collars on the cats as part of Sasol’s ongoing Serval Research Program.
They captured 10 cats during the week and a half they visited Secunda of which one cat was a re-capture.
The research program, in partnership with the endangered wildlife trust (EWT) and universities, began in 2013 when Sasol employees noticed a large population of servals at Sasol.
The aim of the research is to understand the demography of the specie in order to evaluate the potential risk and sustainability of these apex predators.
“The serval population found at here at Sasol is the highest ever recorded” said Daan Loock, prime researcher and Manager SHE: Land and Biodiversity, Sasol Environment.
“The only other large population scientifically described is at the Ngorongoro Crater and we feel extremely privileged to research and look after these amazing animals.”
“Sasol is committed to broad biodiversity principles and our aim is to conserve, protect and improve the overall state of biodiversity in our natural environment.
“With the Serval Research Program we hope to make a positive impact to the field of study and also to the sustainability of the specie.”
Scientists and researchers will visit Secunda again next year and continue doing research on these animals.

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