Nokubonga Mgqatsa

Lecturer in Zoology

PhD Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (2017)

Phone: + 27 (0) 46 603 7708
Office: F14, First floor, Life Sciences Building

Teaching Interests

  • Vertebrate diversity
  • Biogeography
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Ecology of African mammals

Research interests

  • Large herbivore ecology
  • Plant-animal interactions
  • Ecological cascading effects

Research collaboration

Snapshot Safari – South Africa. This is a countrywide occupancy assessment and monitoring of mammals (


  • Ramagogodi Ofentse (3rd year, Rhodes University) – Habitat selection by large herbivores in Shamwari Private Game Reserve. (completed, 2018)
  • Zabo Sophakama (3rd year, Rhodes University) – Site fidelity in small mammals. (Completed, 2018)
  • Skinner Daniella (3rd year, Rhodes University) – The environmental and economic effect of the introduction of extralimital species in the Eastern Cape Province. (Completed, 2019)
  • Evers Emma (3rd year, Rhodes University) - Spotted on camera: Comparing un-baited and baited camera trap methods to estimate leopard (Panthera pardus) density. Co-supervisor. (Completed, 2019)
  • Mhatu Fika (3rd year, Rhodes University) - Spatial use and diet of donkeys in Grahamstown. Co-supervisor. (Completed, 2019)
  • Keitumetse Meko (3rd year, Rhodes University) – Determining the role of insect colonization and insect succession patterns on carrion. Co-supervisor. (Completed, 2019)
  • Bowers Kaylen (Rhodes University) – Diet of chacma baboon in the Eastern Cape. (Completed, 2018)
  • Kitching Lana (Rhodes University) – The use of aardvark burrows by vertebrate communities. (Completed, 2018)
  • Hunter Amy (Rhodes University) – Feeding ecology of aardvark at Great Fish River Reserve. (Completed, 2018)
  • Amanda Nzimande (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - The browsing impact of goats on three Acacia species in Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal. Co-supervisor. (Completed, 2019)
  • Unathi Kraai (University of KwaZulu-Natal) - Woody plant density in mesic savannas – are bush pigs and Cape porcupines relevant? Co-supervisor. (Ongoing)
  • Comley Jess (Rhodes University) - Carnivore intra-guild competition in Selati Game Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Co-supervisor. (Completed, 2019)



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