Amy Dickman, Director
Amy has over 14 years experience working in African carnivore conservation, with a particular focus on large cats. After gaining a degree in Zoology, she worked with Laurie Marker at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia for six years, and then completed an MSc at Oxford University. She then joined the Institute of Zoology to conduct her PhD, examining human-carnivore conflict in the Ruaha landscape. Upon taking up the Kaplan Senior Research Fellowship at Oxford, she built upon her Masters and PhD work to establish and develop the Ruaha Carnivore Project. Amy has been an author on over 20 scientific publications, helped develop regional and national Conservation Action Plans for cheetahs, lions and African wild dogs, and in 2011 was awarded the Rabinowitz-Kaplan Prize for the Next Generation in Wild Cat Conservation. You can learn more about Amy and her work with the project here.
Amy Dickman, DirectorStaff
Dr Maurus Msuha, Scientific Collaborator
Maurus is a Principal Research Scientist at the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, and has worked on Tanzanian biodiversity and conservation issues for over 16 years. He has a BSc degree from the Sokoine University of Agriculture, as well as an MSc from the University of East Anglia and a PhD from University College London and the Institute of Zoology. He and Amy did their PhDs together at IoZ, and have maintained a close collaboration since then, with Maurus providing extremely useful help and advice on all aspects of the Ruaha Carnivore Project’s research.
Dr Maurus Msuha, Scientific CollaboratorStaff
Monty Kalyahe, Senior Research Assistant
Monty came to the Ruaha Carnivore Project after working as a volunteer on WWF’s Selous Elephant Programme and has proved himself extremely valuable and dedicated, taking on the camera-trapping, carnivore sightings work and general field team management. He has an Advanced Diploma in Wildlife Management from the College of African Management in Tanzania as well as a postgraduate diploma in Tourism and Nature Conservation from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent. He is now undertaking his Masters degree, writing up his camera-trapping data on carnivore abundance and distribution across the Ruaha landscape. Monty is an avid writer and has published nearly 20 magazine articles on Tanzanian wildlife issues.
Monty Kalyahe, Senior Research AssistantStaff
Ayoub Msago, Community Liaison
Ayoub Msago has worked with local communities on wildlife conservation issues for decades, and plays a vital role in the Project’s outreach and education activities. Before coming to the Ruaha Carnivore Project he worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Ruaha Landscape Programme, and has brought wonderful local knowledge to the project. He runs the boma improvement project, conducts DVD nights, Park visits, community meetings, manages the field camp and is generally invaluable to have around!
Ayoub Msago, Community LiaisonStaff
Msafiri Mgumba, Senior Research Assistant
Msafiri is an extremely promising young biologist and has been with the Ruaha Carnivore Project since December 2010. He is involved in all aspects of the project but is particularly skilled in camera-trapping, boma improvements and data management. He completed a BSc in Wildlife Management at the Sokoine University of Agriculture and in 2012 earned a Postgraduate Diploma in International Conservation Practice at the University of Oxford. We are very excited to test out all his new skills!
Msafiri Mgumba, Senior Research AssistantStaff
Baraka – Project Assistant
Baraka is a general assistant, helping out with whatever needs doing, but his main duty is to take care of camp, which he does extremely well. Recently, Baraka began learning how to maintain and repair the RCP vehicles, a skill that is invaluable this far from the nearest mechanic. Baraka is the only member of our staff (so far) that has had a baby named after him, after the pregnant woman he was driving to the hospital wound up delivering the baby in his truck!
Baraka – Project AssistantStaff
Bora Gwivaha – Camp cook
Bora is from Iringa town and worked there as a cook, before working for several years as a cook in a Wildlife Conservation Society bush camp. She has worked with us since the start of the project, making wondrously tasty meals from the most basic ingredients, taking care of domestic arrangements, and generally keeping the whole camp and its team ticking over!
Bora Gwivaha – Camp cookStaff
Justin Chambulila, Research Assistant
The newest member of our team, Justin is from Mufindi, Tanzania. He received his BA in Geography and Environment studies at Dodoma University. Before joining RCP, Justin worked at the Kapunga Rice Irrigation Project Limited. His experience there made him a natural for anything mechanical or technical, from building our predator-proof bomas with Msago to working on cars and computers, skills that come in very handy out in the bush. Justin's main duties are overseeing the construction of bomas and data management, but he pitches in with almost everything. Welcome, Justin!
Justin Chambulila, Research AssistantStaff
Stephano Kiligoda Asecheka, Lion Guardians Coordinator
Stephano is a local Barabaig who, previous to his work with Lion Guardians and RCP, had the unofficial role of problem-solver in the community. His respected role in the Barabaig community has lent itself seamlessly to his new role as a Lion Guardian coordinator. He continues to mitigate conflict within the community and, with further training from the project, has expanded his ability to navigate the community’s conflict with wildlife while guiding and supporting the Lion Guardians in their work. He is a dynamic public speaker and attends many meetings in the community to talk about the importance of lion conservation in the area and the benefits of the project. His favorite aspect of being part of Lion Guardians and RCP is walking out in the bush, verifying lion tracks, and spending time in the bush with the Lion Guardians.
Stephano Kiligoda Asecheka, Lion Guardians CoordinatorStaff
George Charles Sedoyeka, Lion Guardians Coordinator
George is a rare find within the Barabaig community in that, at the age of 19, he has finished his education through Form 4 (the equivalent of high school) and speaks some English. Furthermore, George aspires to attend university and continue his studies of wildlife and biology. George previously worked as a primary school teacher and is skilled at imparting his knowledge to the Lion Guardians. He creates the curriculum for our weekly literacy training sessions (in Swahili) for the Lion Guardians, and he runs the lessons. George is a gifted communicator and is able to translate fluidly between local Barabaig culture and the broader Tanzanian audience.