More morbid necropsy art

We recently did another "necropsy day" for some of the roadkill collected on the project. There were two caracals and a genet. We were lucky enough to have Dorothy Breed there to help - she's the Cape Town city wildlife vet. She came to help with one of the caracals which had been hit by … Continue reading More morbid necropsy art

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Of mice and museums

The past week has seen me back at the Iziko South African museum in Company's Garden in town. It was a rat-run, pun intended. In my previous trips I was working with Graham Avery on identifying bird and larger mammal bones. This time around I met with his wife, Margaret Avery, who is an expert on … Continue reading Of mice and museums

“Oh look, another cape cormorant”: some trips to the museum

The last few weeks have been spent preparing samples for further identification by bone. This involved carefully sorting through each cleaned and dried scat sample to pick out the hard bits (i.e. bones, teeth, claws and nails) and package them separately. This makes it easier for comparison to reference skeletal material. Next, I decided to … Continue reading “Oh look, another cape cormorant”: some trips to the museum