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Raptors as Indicators of Environmental Contaminants

Using raptors as sentinel species to monitor environmental contamination in South Africa

 

MSc study undertaken by Kailen Padayachee from The Fitzpatrick Institute for African Ornithology

 

FREEME Wildlife are assisting with the collection of samples for this study.

The proposed research intends to use resident raptors utilizing agricultural and mining areas in South Africa to assess the ability of raptors to be used as indicators of environmental contamination. Samples from a variety of raptor species from varying sources will be tested for persistent organic pollutants, specifically organochlorine pesticides and heavy metals. The study will also seek to establish a broad understanding of the specific environmental contaminants in South Africa, while indicating which species in particular may be more susceptible to such contamination.