IVANA CINKOVÁ

 

 

                                                                                                            
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I am interested in mammalian communication and social behaviour and my research focuses on the behaviour and communication of southern and northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum, C. cottoni, respectively). Rhinos are very threatened by illegal poaching in the wild due to the high demand for their horn in Asia and the northern white rhinoceros currently belongs to the most endangered species in the world. Up until recently, communication in rhinos has not been extensively investigated. The southern and northern white rhinos are the most social out of all the rhinoceros species, and vocal and olfactory signals are very important for their communication. They use contact and courtship calls, and defecate in communal middens. The aim of my research is to assess the role of vocal and olfactory signals in the social and reproductive behaviour of white rhinos. I conduct my research in South African wildlife reserves, currently in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in KwaZulu­-Natal Province (previously also in the reserves in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North-West Provinces). The research is also conducted in zoological gardens Dvůr Králové, Zlín, Salzburg and Bratislava. Understanding communication in the white rhinos could also be helpful in their conservation and management particularly because of their very low reproduction in captivity.

 

 Contact

E-mail: ivanacinkova@centrum.cz

1.      School of Life Sciences, College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

2.      Department of Zoology and Laboratory of Ornithology, Faculty of Science, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

 

Publications in international peer-reviewed journals

Cinková I., Ganslosser U., Kretzschmar P. (2016) Effect of supplementary feeding on the social behaviour and distribution patterns of free-ranging southern white rhinoceros. Mammalia 81: 433–443.

Cinková, I., Policht, R. (2016) Sex and species recognition by wild male southern white rhinoceros using contact pant calls. Animal Cognition 19: 375–386.  

Cinková I., Policht R. (2015) Discrimination of familiarity and sex from chemical cues in the dung by wild southern white rhinoceros. Animal Cognition 18: 385–392.

Cinková I., Policht R. (2014) Contact Calls of the Northern and Southern White Rhinoceros Allow for Individual and Species Identification. PLoS ONE 9 (6): e98475.

Cinková I., Bičík V. (2013) Social and reproductive behaviour of critically endangered northern white rhinoceros in a zoological garden. Mammalian Biology 78: 50–54.

 

Contributions at international conferences

International Elephant & Rhino Conservation & Research Symposium, August 2013, Pittsburgh

Cinková, I., Policht, R. (2013) Contact calls of the northern and southern white rhinoceros: Source of information on individuality and species of the caller? (talk)

Cinková, I., Bičík, V. (2013) Social and reproductive behaviour of critically endangered northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium cottoni) in a zoological garden. (talk)

9th International Conference on Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife, September 2013, Berlin

Cinková, I., Policht, R. (2013) Identity, species and sex-specific information is contained in the contact calls of northern and southern white rhinoceros. (poster)

Cinková, I., Policht, R. (2013) Wild southern white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum) are able to recognize information about familiarity and sex in the dung of their conspecifics. (poster)

87th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Mammalogy, September 2013, Prague

Cinková, I., Policht, R. (2013) Contact calls of the northern and southern white rhinoceros contain information about individual and species identity. (talk)

Cinková, I., Policht, R. (2013) Wild southern white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum) are able to recognize information about familiarity and sex in the dung of their conspecifics. (poster)

7th International Conference on Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife, September 2009, Berlin

Cinková, I., Ganslosser, U., Kretzschmar, P. (2009) Social behaviour of southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum) in game reserves in South Africa. (poster)

 

Links

*       Rhino Resource Center http://www.rhinoresourcecenter.com/

*       International Rhino Foundation http://rhinos.org/

*       Save the Rhino International http://www.savetherhino.org/
 

 
    
 
 
 

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