The Centre for African Conservation and Ecology welcomes two new NRF/DST interns, Ms Andiswa Somtsewu  and Ms Elzane Fouche. Andiswa graduated with a BSc from Walter Sisulu University, while Elzane has a BSc(Hons) from NMMU.  They represent the third cohort of NRF/DST interns hosted by ACE, the objective of the internships are to provide experiential opportunities to allow interns to better compete for employment.  Andiswa and Elzane will be exposed to  and participate in a variety of research activities, ranging from laboratory analysis and identification of diet samples of megaherbivores and carnivores (pictured here) to undertaking fieldwork in “big five” habitat. This exposure to a variety of rigorous and cutting edge research will serve as a steep learning curve for them. Through this process Elzane and Andiswa will also provide valuable assistance on these projects. This hosting of interns is part of ACE’s contribution to capacity building and research. We wish Andiswa and Elzane the best of luck for a fruitful year!