Modified 29 April 2021
The FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology has taken over management of the monitoring projects previously housed at the Animal Demography Unit (formerly the Avian Demography Unit), or ADU as it is mostly known in the vernacular. The ADU is a research unit of the University of Cape Town, initially built on the nucleus of the South African Bird Ringing Unit (SAFRING) and the Southern African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP). The ADU was established in December 1991 within the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Cape Town. Over the years, the ADU has grown far beyond its starting point. In January 2008 the ADU was formally transferred to the Deparment of Zoology, which in 2013 merged with the Botany Department into the Department of Biological Sciences.