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“How diet affects body condition and immune function of Common Bulbuls” by Annabet Galema

For about three months I carried out my master project at the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute – this project is within the larger PhD research project of Chima Nwaogu that investigates how variation in life history traits and immune function arise from variation in environmental conditions in tropical environments. My work focused mainly on the aviary experiments; using Common bulbuls. Four aviaries housed ten bulbuls each that are fed either invertebrates or fruits. We test the effect of diet on condition, immune function and the gut micro biome. To do this, I monitor how common bulbuls vary body mass throughout the day depending on diet and also collect blood samples and cloacal swabs fortnightly for immune assays and gut microbial analyses respectively.

Two aviaries, each divided in two rooms.
With a telescope from this balcony I was able to read the body mass of birds from a weighing scale with food on it in the aviary.
Set up for fortnight sampling of Common Bulbuls in the guest house.

Annabet Galema
University of Groningen, the Netherlands.


We are delighted to announce the 6th Annual A. P Leventis lecture scheduled to hold on the 24th of November, 2016, in University of Jos, Law Auditorium, Faculty of Law Main Campus Bauchi Road at 12.00 Noon; under the distinguished Chairmanship of Professor Sebastian Seddi Maimako ( B.Sc, MBA, Ph.D, FCA), Vice Chancellor, University of Jos.

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Hazell Thompson from Birdlife International Headquarters, Cambridge, UK. He will be speaking on the topic ” Developing capacity in Biodiversity Conservation: Theory and practice in Africa (and Globally) over the past decade”.



Dr. Hazell Thompson is currently the BirdLife’s Global Director for Partnership, Capacity and Communities. Before his appointment to the current position, he was the Regional Director of BirdLife International’s conservation programme in Africa. He is an Ornithologist by training with more than 25 years’ experience in capacity building.


Please be there!!!


The course is designed for young West African Biological Scientists with a craving for career opportunities in conservation of renewable natural resources.

Entry Requirements:

Admission is opened to all holders of at least a Bachelor of Science Degree Second Class Honours (Lower Division) from a recognized University, in any of the following disciplines: Zoology, Biology, Botany, Forestry and/or Wildlife, Wildlife Management, or any Environment Science.

Aspiring students should visit the University of Jos website ( ) to purchase, complete and submit the form. A copy of this completed application forms together with a motivation letter containing the applicant’s email address and telephone number must then be returned to the institute before 31st July, 2016. Applications that do not contain all the requisite materials including; O’level Certificate, B.Sc Certificate and Academic transcript, NYSC discharged certificate  will not be processed. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a combined written and oral interview. Contact us on 09033655620. Email: OR for further enquiries.




5th Annual A. P Leventis Lecture Announcement; April 2016

We are glad to announce the 5th Annual A. P Leventis Lecture scheduled to hold on the 28th of April, 2016.

The lecture will have as guest speaker Professor Christopher Miles Perrins LVO, FRS from the University of Oxford UK.


Prof. Perrins is the former Director of the prestigious Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Oxford University, UK. He has over 40 years’ experience working in the field of ornithology and has published over 100 scientific articles. He will be speaking about the “Wytham Tits” whose populations he has studied for over 40 years.

The lecture will be under the distinguished Chairmanship of Professor Hayward Babale Mafuyai FRES, Vice Chancellor, University of Jos.

Venue: Multi-purpose Auditorium, University of Jos

Time: 10:00am prompt

Please be there!!!

BirdLife Africa’s Director Dr. Julius Arinaitwe visits APLORI; gives lectures and also talks about the decline of Africa’s Vultures

Dr. Arinaitwe visited APLORI from 20th January 2016 for two weeks during which he had intensive lectures on conservation Biology with the APLORI M.Sc students. On 2nd February, 2016 he presented a seminar titled “The challenge of conserving Africa’s Vultures” at APLORI. He said Vultures in Africa face extinction in our lifetime and urged immediate action in order to avoid this from happening. He also encouraged the audience to contribute in helping BirdLife stop the Vulture catastrophe especially considering that Africa still holds 11 species of vulture, 6 of which are found nowhere else in the world.


Dr. Arinaitwe (5th from Left) with APLORI MSc students