Who we are

The Staff

Sarah Durant

Sarah DurantSarah has worked for more than 20 years in Tanzania. She became in charge of the Serengeti Cheetah Project in 1991 and has run this project for over 20 years expanding it into national and international programs. In 2002 she decided to set up the Tanzania Carnivore Program (TCP) under the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), which she coordinates as a Principal Investigator. Like Charles, Sarah is also a co Principal Investigator for the CUT Project, which started in 2012. Sarah nowadays mainly commutes between Arusha and London, where she works as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London.

Charles Foley

Charles Charles Foleyis a co Principal Investigator for the CUT Project, which started in 2012. But Charles is also famous for his work on the long-term project on elephant monitoring in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Charles indeed started to work on elephants in 1993 as a Ph.D. student studying the effects of poaching on the social system of the African elephant in the Tarangire ecosystem.

 

 Maurus Msuha

Maurus MsuhaMaurus joined the Carnivore Project in 2002, as a Project Manager. Before that, Maurus was a Project Manager for an NGO-government partnership for a sustainable biodiversity action project with the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania. In 2005, Maurus left Tanzania to start a PhD on carnivore biodiversity, this was in collaboration with University College London and the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London. Maurus  completed his PhD project and has returned to work with the CUT Project as a Project Manager.

 Dada Gottelli

Dada GotelliWith the loss of their habitat, cheetah populations are increasingly becoming fragmented and isolated. As populations become small, they become vulnerable to genetic problems such as inbreeding in the long term. However management strategies that mitigate the impact of these processes in wild cheetahs, need to be based on a sound understanding of the breeding system of cheetah. In the Serengeti we know the mothers (and often grandmothers and great grandmothers) of most of the cheetahs in the population, but we know very little about their fathers. And this is where Dada intervenes. Dada works at the Institute of Zoology, at the Zoological Society of London. She makes use of new techniques for extraction of DNA from faeces, which are then being used to identify the fathers in the population. This enables us to estimate the likelihood of inbreeding and losses in genetic diversity in isolated populations and hence plan the long term genetic management of fragmented populations of cheetah. 

Nathalie PettorelliNathalie Pettorelli

Nathalie is a research fellow based at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, who started to work with the Serengeti Cheetah Project early 2006. Nathalie's work include analysing the fantastic dataset collected by the project, and disseminating the outcomes of these analyses by writing up articles and presentations.

 Rose Arthur Mosha

Rose Arthur MoshaRose is our CUT Project Coordinator, and started early 2008. Rose is based in Arusha. Her main responsibilities are to ensure that project activities are delivered in line with the project's logframe and schedule as well as supervising the work of project staff.

 

 Amy Dickman

Amy joined TCP in 2005Amy Dickman starting a PhD on human-wildlife conflict in the Ruaha ecosystem, Tanzania. Before this, Amy worked for many years on cheetahs in Namibia. Like Maurus, Amy's PhD was developed in collaboration with the University College London and the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London. Amy became Dr Dickman in early 2009, and she is now working as a Senior Research Fellow at WildCru, Oxford and Director of the Ruaha Carnivore Project in southern Tanzania.

Nick Mitchell

Nick MitchellNick is the Regional Coordinator of the Range-wide Program for the Conservation of Cheetah and Wild Dog in Eastern Africa.  Nick has worked in Eastern Africa for the last decade.  His main focus has been in the interface between science and conservation especially community based and participatory natural resource management.  His previous work concentrated in investigating the long term land use change with habitat fragmentatoin and disturbance using GIS.  He is currently based at the TAWIRI Carnivore Centre in Arusha.

 Helen O'Neill

Helen is the research assistant for the Serengeti Cheetah Project.  She is in charge of monitoring the cheetahs found on the plains of the famous National Park. Her main priority is to find 20 different cheetah groups per month. Once a chee tah has been found and identified, she collects demographic data; the gps location of the animal, the number of individuals if she got lucky enough to spot a group, and then notes the sex of the individuals, estimates its belly size and assesses the individual's physical condition. If the project does not yet have DNA from the individual it was also her job to collect its faeces, which on a bad day can take a very very long time!

Flora Gerson Kipuyo

Flora Gerson KipuyoFlora is our project secretary, and a daily ray of sunshine at the office.  She is based at the Carnivore Centre in Arusha, Tanzania. Flora is one of the oldest staff of the Carnivore centre, starting to work there in early 2003. Her main responsibilities include preparing reports, promoting and guaranteeing effective communication of the project's work with other systems of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute and project stakeholders or attending visitors at the Carnivore Monitoring Unit.

Zawadi Mbwambo

Zawadi MbwamboZawadi is the head driver and head mechanic for the CUT Project, but he is also the person you ask when no one seems to know what to do! Zawadi started at the same time as Maurus at the Carnivore Centre in 2002, and has been with us ever since. Like Mwakiro, his main responsibilities include driving project staff on request, engaging in field activities together with survey teams when required, performing regularly the servicing of vehicles and keeping records of all maintenance, and insuring the safety and security of all project vehicles when in charge.

Paul Baran

Paul BaranPaul is our Project Assistant. Paul actually started as Maurus's field assistant in Tarangire National Park in 2006, and joined the Carnivore Centre in 2007. Although Paul is based in Arusha, his main responsibilities include conducting field activities aimed at gathering information on carnivore species all across the country! Paul works in close collaboration with Allen, our Assistant Field Biologist.

  

 Allen Msafiri Mmbaga

Allen Msafiri MmbagaAllen is the Assistant Field Biologist for the CUT Project. Like Paul, Allen is based in Arusha but his main responsibilities include conducting field activities aimed at gathering information on carnivore species all across the country.

 

 Mwakiro Rajabu

Mwakiro RajabuMwakiro is our driver and mechanic. His main responsibilities include driving project staff on request, engaging in field activities together with survey teams when required, performing regularly the servicing of vehicles and keeping records of all maintenance, and insuring the safety and security of all project vehicles when in charge.

 

 Jumanne Ramadhani

Jumanne RamadhaniLike Zawadi and Mwakiro, Jumanne is a TCP driver, and sometimes much more! Although his main responsibilities include driving project staff on request, Jumanne engages sometimes heavily in field activities together with survey teams when required

 

 Ismael M. Kivuyo

Ismael M. KivuyoIsmael is our gardener, and he is the one being responsible for the cleanness and the beauty of our gardens at the Centre.

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 BarakBaraka Mareea Maree

Baraka is a student at the University of Dar es Salaam persuing a BSc in Wildlife Science and Conservation.  In order to gain first hand experience of working in a conservation environment he is currently volunteering at the TAWIRI Carnivore Centre.  During his time working with us he has been helping with Maswa Carnivore Survey, particularly with data entry and photo identification.

 Ramadhani Abdi

Since gaining his BSc inRamadhani AbdiWildlife Management from Sokoine University Ramadhani has worked on several different field work projects.  He is now working with us at the TAWIRI Carnivore Centre to increase his data management experience.  He is currently working for Paul Baran and Allen Mbaga with Baraka Maree on data entry and photo identification for the Maswa Carnivore Survey.

 

Previous staff and interns

Alexander Lobora

Alexander LoboraAlex started  his position as a Mammal Atlas Project Manager in 2005, but started to work as a database analyst for the Carnivore Project in 2003. He is now pursuing a PhD researching wildlife corridors in Tanzania at the University of Dar es Salaam.

 

Edwin S. Konzo

Edwin S. KonzoEdwin was our database and Communication Officer, and started to work for the Mammal Atlas project in 2005. He was based at the Carnivore Centre in Arusha, Tanzania. Konzo left the carnivore centre in December 2008, and he is now working with Tanzania Atomic Energy as a Radiation Health Research Assistant.

 

 

Boniface OsujakiBonifas Osujaki

Boniface was one of our volunteers, working with the field team to collect data on mammal distribution and relative abundance across Tanzania. Boniface thus worked in close collaboration with Paul, Allen, Jumanne and Zawadi. Boniface left in September 2008 to join the Mweka Wildlife College for a Diploma in Wildlife Management.  He started work in 2012 with the Taragire Elephant Project as a Field Officer.

Brechtje Eshuis

Brechtje EshuisBrechte started in 2008 with us as a volunteer, being based at the TCP centre in Arusha. Her main work was to collect data on animal distributions using published data – Brechte thus spent a lot of time reading papers and reports, always looking for new information on mammal distribution in Tanzania. Brechje joined her husband in the Serengeti National Park in January 2009.

 

Margaret Waweru

Margaret was our Margaret WaweruProject Coordinator for the Cheetah and Wild Dog Range-wide Conservation Planning Program. Margaret she work with us from 2006 until 2008 before returning to Kenya to pursue other conservation activities. 

 

 

Godwin Eliamani SoyeGodwin Eliamani Soye

Eliamani was our assistant GIS Analyst.    Eliamani started with us in 2007 and left in November 2009.   Eliamani is now working with Arusha Municipal Council as a GIS analyst.

 

 

 Wilson KibasaWilson Kibasa

Wilson was one of our volunteers, working with the field team to collect data on mammal distribution and relative abundance across Tanzania. Wilson left carnivore centre in Seprember 2009 to join University of Dar es Salaam for BSc. Wildlife Science and Conservation.

 Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones

Trevor has worked as a researcher in the Udzungwa Mountains since 2002, and in 2004 he discovered one of the populations of the new Tanzania-endemic Kipunji monkey. Early 2009 Trevor joined the carnivore centre to help coordinate the development of the new National Elephant Management Plan, which is due to be completed in June 2010. Trevor went back to Udzungwa mountains in July 2010  to continue with his research work after the end of Elephant  Management Plan Project.

Eliakim Nnko

Eliakim was a  volunteer,  working with the field team to collect data on mammal distribution and relative abundance across Tanzania. He started to work with Carnivore Centre in February 2010. Eliakim left Carnivore Project in March 2011 to join CC Rangers as a Driver Guide.

 Laura Simpson

Laura Simpson Laura spent three years working as the research assistant for the Serengeti Cheetah Project from 2007.  She left the project in July 2010 and she is now a Co Director of Amazing Tanzania Safari Outfitters.