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Gayle Pedersen

Gayle Pedersen

University of Pretoria

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Published on Feb 08, 2016

WE DID IT! Time on the clock...107% achieved!

The second victory dance for us all, as we reached the deadline this morning with a WHOPPING 107% on the counter! Absolutely incredible. My budget was originally calculated for the next 10 months, ...

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Published on Feb 05, 2016

Field work FAIL!

I just had to let you all know...the story I posted the other day in the "There's a rhino coming!" lab note, which I mentioned I had shared on the #fieldworkfail Twitter feed previously...was just ...

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Published on Jan 19, 2016

Thank you. Dankie. Enkosi. Ngiyabonga. Ndza Khensa.

I know it is not a lab note but I just wanted to give a shout out in 5 of the 11 official languages spoken in South Africa, to say THANK YOU (English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Tsonga/Shangaan respec...

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THANKS Ethel....and to quote what I said to Phoebe below: "...to me...every donation, no matter how grand or small, is received with the same level of gratitude! And particularly when I consider ZAR-USD! I stumbled across an amazing little quote on Twitter this morning: "I gave you $10, He gave you $20. You felt that he was better just because he gave you more. But he had $200 dollars, and all I had was $10." (written exactly as it is) And that says it all really. I am truly humbled by everyone's generosity given our current economic situation, and I am not ignorant of how huge all of these contributions are! Also bearing in mind that to someone who has nothing (me), even ZAR10 is worth shouting about. Don't sell yourself short ;) xx"
Feb 05, 2016
How can we maintain rhino populations during poaching crises? A population genetics management study.
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WHEN you visit Jerry? I like this...not IF! Come for a visit when I graduate and we can all go and have a celebration in the bush. I am not sure about a gracious rhino...maybe we can arrange a rhino orphanage visit. I believe the teeny ones are quite courteous! We will definitely avoid the black rhinos as they tend to be a bit more short tempered and expressive :D
Feb 05, 2016
How can we maintain rhino populations during poaching crises? A population genetics management study.
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Hahaha...WE made it Jerry! Thank you!! I'm on it...will save more than two ;) just for you!
Feb 05, 2016
How can we maintain rhino populations during poaching crises? A population genetics management study.
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No questions? ;)
Feb 01, 2016
How can we maintain rhino populations during poaching crises? A population genetics management study.
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Phoebe...to me...every donation, no matter how grand or small, is received with the same level of gratitude! And particularly when I consider ZAR-USD! I stumbled across an amazing little quote on Twitter this morning: "I gave you $10, He gave you $20. You felt that he was better just because he gave you more. But he had $200 dollars, and all I had was $10." (written exactly as it is) And that says it all really. I am truly humbled by everyone's generosity given our current economic situation, and I am not ignorant of how huge all of these contributions are! Also bearing in mind that to someone who has nothing (me), even ZAR10 is worth shouting about. Don't sell yourself short ;) xx
Jan 25, 2016
How can we maintain rhino populations during poaching crises? A population genetics management study.
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Thanks Yashira and apologies for the delayed reply, despite our FB comms! It is always encouraging to receive support from fellow postgrads...you're a star!
Jan 25, 2016
How can we maintain rhino populations during poaching crises? A population genetics management study.
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WOW you guys did fantastically well to raise this amount for such valid research! Any tips for me as I sit at 3 days remaining and 41% raised? Also rhino DNA but I am looking at enhancing management protocols utilising genetic information when relocating rhinos. So a much smaller scale than your research, but with the potential to design a rule of thumb for rhino managers who want to know which rhinos to move and ideal founder numbers for a genetically viable population etc. I just need the funds to get through the final year of my PhD so I can get these results out while they can still benefit the rhinos. And I have offered acknowledgement on conference presentations and publications coming out of this research for all donations $500+. So if you guys are okay for funds at the moment...please spread the word about my plight as soon as poss ;). Thanks, Gayle aka RhinoGirl aka Mkateko
Jan 21, 2016
Sequencing the Black Rhinoceros Genome
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Lol...so do I Jerry! I have to get this PhD finished so I can put these skills and experience to some good use hey. Thank you very much for contributing to my survival and PhD completion!
Jan 21, 2016
How can we maintain rhino populations during poaching crises? A population genetics management study.
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Heather, you are a star! Perhaps once I am done I can come and give a talk to the kids at Eton :)
Jan 19, 2016
How can we maintain rhino populations during poaching crises? A population genetics management study.
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Thanks Joe...hugely appreciated, particularly given your position in this academic arena of genetic research...I know how valuable every cent is.
Jan 19, 2016
How can we maintain rhino populations during poaching crises? A population genetics management study.
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Thanks so much Jo...one of my die hard supporters! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.
Jan 19, 2016
How can we maintain rhino populations during poaching crises? A population genetics management study.
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Thanks for the interest and GREAT question Christina...apologies for the delayed reply but the recent heatwave here has brought with it no end of technical issues and powercuts so I am finally catching up. Here in South Africa we have NINE Provinces, all with their own provincial/ municipal parks, but the South African National Parks (SANParks) manages 19 parks across these provinces, of which the biggest and most well known is the Kruger National Park (which is approximately the size of Wales). A quick count I did points to around 97 Provincial parks run by the various parks boards, and an astonishing 288 Private parks and reserves. These are all managed and administered by different groups. In addition there are 8 Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCA's) that cross national borders with the aim of strengthening conservation work between countries, and expanding ranging opportunities for large mammals such as elephants. So yes, as you can imagine, there are some very different management priorities between areas and reserve types, but there are management plans compiled in order to advise on best practices and attempt to maintain some level of cooperation and consistency between parks and reserves. Some of the biggest rhino relocations in the last few years have actually been across national borders, and there are often sales of rhinos from Kruger NP to private reserves who have a greater budget for security and anti-poaching as it is a smaller area. There is an International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) African Rhino Specialist Group made up of experts from around the continent who attend important meetings and advise on matters of rhino management, as well as advising on priorities for the species as a whole, as opposed to at park or country level. So there are a lot of players in this industry and generally the movement of rhinos comes down to an agreement between the selling and buying organisations, with approval/ permitting from the Department of Environmental Affairs.
Jan 07, 2016
How can we maintain rhino populations during poaching crises? A population genetics management study.
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