Ndivhuwo Maligana

Background

I obtained a BSc degree in Botany and Zoology and an Honours degree in Zoology at the University of Venda. My Honours project assessed the haematological parameters of the two fish species African sharptooth catfish (Clarias gariepinus) and the Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) from the Albasini Dam in Limpopo Province. I completed my MSc degree in Zoology at the University of Pretoria where my project examined the influence of the pet trade and scientific laboratories on the potential spread of invasive Rattus species in South Africa. I am currently enrolled for a PhD in Zoology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus.

Current research

A picture of pet mice sold in one of the pet shops in the North West Province

A picture of pet mice sold in one of the pet shops in the North West Province (©Photograph: Ndivhuwo Maligana).

My PhD project focusses on the risk associated with exotic small mammals in the South African pet trade. In this project, we are identifying which exotic small mammal pets have the likelihood of invasion in South Africa using various risk assessment protocols. We are also examining the degree of trade of these mammalian species in physical pet shops and online across South Africa. The project will also investigate the bacterial zoonotic diseases associated with these exotic small mammals as most of these companion animals/pets especially rats and mice have been implicated into the transmission of fatal zoonotic diseases to their owners.

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