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Our Mission

Strengthening the capacity of local communities to mitigate human-wildlife conflict (HWC) for  improved livelihoods and wildlife conservation

Our  Approach

Although one of our ultimate goals is to conserve wildlife, we also focus on empowering communities living adjacent to wildlife areas and improving their livelihoods. We believe that seeking and developing economic empowerment opportunities will have a net effect of reducing the community’s dependence on illegal activities i.e., bush meat poaching and illegal wildlife trade.

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Our Vision

Communtiy-led Human widlife coexistence for improved livelihooods and thriving wildlife populations

Meet Our Team

We are a team of African Conservationists working to save our wildlife and improve the lives of the people that live alongside the wildlife. 

Board Members

Our Board Members
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Liomba Junior
Mathe


Board Member 

 

Liomba is a Zimbabwean-Oxford trained conservationist determined to understanding the complex patterns of Human predator-conflict along the edges of Protected Areas (PAs) and better contribute to improving rural livelihood systems by mitigating the conflict and provide ongoing contributions to conserve Africa’s lions. He is an active member of the African Lion Working Group (ALWG) and the KAZA Carnivore Conservation Coalition (KCCC), providing ongoing contributions to the conservation of the African lion. 

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Prof. Olga Laiza
Kupika


Board Member 

 

Olga is a Natural Resources Conservationist and Climate Change expert, Associate Professor, and currently Chairperson in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe. She is passionate about education for sustainable development (ESD), green transition and climate change adaptation and mitigation in the biodiversity sector, participatory community-based natural resources monitoring, improvement of livelihoods and  well-being of rural communities at the periphery of protected areas in Southern Africa and beyond.

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Kimery Duda
Board Member 

 

Kimery is an experienced teacher,  tour guide, and founder of the Austin, Texas-based Expedition School.  She is passionate about imparting environmental skills, knowledge, and wisdom to other people. An expedition to climb Pico de Orizaba, Mexico's highest peak, in 1996 inspired her passion for adventure. After ten years of teaching and guiding professionally all over the world, Kimery founded The Expedition School in 2006 an organization that develops and offers experiences that embody the expedition’s ethos—through adventure and education.

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Maxwell Phiri

Board Member 

 

Maxwell is a mature and seasoned Forester/Natural Resources management expert with over 25 years experience in Forestry and rural development in Zimbabwe.He has worked at both technical and middle management levels in the Government of Zimbabwe and at FAO. Currently coordinating the EU funded Sustainable Wildlife Management Project implemented on the Zimbabwe side of the KaZa site

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Obert Manyeza

Board Member 

 

Obert is a community development specialist with significant experience in, grant management, advocacy, policy tracking, programme and project design, capacity development, project implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation at national and regional levels. He has vast experience working with international development agencies. Obert is passionate about finding solutions that the human-wildlife conflicts affecting our rural communities living near national parks.

Our Team

Our Team

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Dr . Moreangels

Mbizah


Founder and Executive Director 


 

Born and raised in Zimbabwe. She has a DPhil in Zoology from the University of Oxford. Moreangels is passionate about inspiring the next generation of African conservationists and building the capacity of future African conservation leaders.

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Simbarashe Pride

Chatikobo


Human-Wildlife Conflict Program Officer


 

Simba holds a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Animal and Wildlife Sciences. He is passionate about local involvement in conservation matters and cultivating locally driven solutions to conservation challenges.

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Lisa  Chitura

Environmental Education &
Awareness Progr
am Officer
 

Lisa Chitura is a dedicated environmentalist and conservationist with a master's in climate change and sustainable development. She is passionate about climate change advocacy, environmental management and protection, and raising awareness about the importance of protecting wildlife and the environment. With her passion and commitment, Lisa strives to make a real difference in the world and work to create a more sustainable future for future generations.

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Kudakwashe

Chuma


Human-Wildlife Conflict Program Assistant


 

Kudakwashe is an astute environmentalist with a strong desire to see humans take full responsibility for environmental preservation. He holds a BSc Hons Degree in Geography and Environmental Sciences from Midlands State University. He envisions a society in which humans and animals coexist in peace and share available resources such as water, air, and land equally. 

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Lorraine Jowa


Environmental Education
Awareness Program
 Assistant


 

Lorraine holds a Bachelor's Science Honors Degree in Natural Resources Management. She loves to do game drives, and nature walks, and her hobby is Beekeeping. Lorraine desires to see a world where everyone has a voice and a place in the conservation of Natural Resources and our Environment.

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Milliscent Matimbe

Finance And Adminstration Officer

Milliscent Matimbe is a finance and administration officer who holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honors degree in Accounting from the National University of Science and Technology, and an experienced accountant with expertise in financial statement preparation, budgeting, and forecasting. Milliscent desires to see a world where humans and wildlife thrive together in harmony,she loves hiking and wildlife photography where she captures stunning photos of animals in their natural habitats.

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Tawanda Pesanayi


Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Tawanda Pesanayi holds a Master of Public Administration from the UNICAF University in Zambia, a Master of Arts in Development Studies, a BSc Honours in Geography and Environmental Studies from the Midlands State University and a BSc Honours in Monitoring and Evaluation from the Lupane State University. With a passion for tracking achievements in Human-Wildlife coexistence, he brings in years of experience leading monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities including strategic planning, performance and adaptive management, data-driven results analysis, as well as capacity building.

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Chief Mudisi

Communications Officer Assistant

Chief Mudisi is a Communications Assistant who holds a degree in Media and Society Studies from Midlands State University. He has a passion for seeing a society where Humans and Wildlife can coexist making the environment habitable for generations to come. Through his Graphics and Photographic skills he captures how Humans and Wildlife can benefit from each other.

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Isaac Mudimba

Research & Conservation Leadership Assistant

 

Isaac Mudimba is a charismatic and dedicated ecologist passionate about the conservation of endangered species. Growing up in a wildlife dominated landscape in Binga, he became aware of the problems faced by poverty stricken communities and has dedicated all his efforts in improving coexistence of wildlife and people. He believes that changing the people's attitudes towards wildlife will reduce the threats of species extinction and improve tolerance.

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Farai Nhekairo

Environmental Education &Awareness Program Officer Assistant

Farai is a Researcher, Writer and Social Ecologist with passionate focus and experience in developing socio ecological systems that promote Human-Wildlife co existence, sustainable Natural Resources management and ultimately resilient communities. She holds a MSc in Socio-Ecological Systems & Development Practice (UZ), MSc in Disaster Risk & Livelihoods Management, BA in Development Studies and Ex Cert in Monitoring & Evaluation. She has extensively researched and written on Climate justice, Human-Wildlife Conflict, Green Livelihoods,  Societal inequalities as well as Climate change and Agro systems.

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Tatenda Cloudius Zvidzai (Uncle)
Driver

Tatenda has a keen interest in nature and venturing into outdoors, exploring new places, different cultures and meeting new people, with over 14 years driving experience. He is efficient in logistics, time management and has a warm personality loved by the team. His dedication to the cause rightfully earned him the title, Uncle.

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Charles Charinga 
 

Charles grew up in Mola, where he witnessed lions and hyenas prey on livestock. He was inspired to participate in the development and implementation of livestock predation mitigation measures after firsthand experience with these negative human-animal interactions.

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Sailos Siangombe
 

Sailos is concerned about the decline of lion populations in the Nyaminyami District and around the world. As a result, he chose conservation as a means of helping to save lions from extinction and finding a solution to the community's predation problem, which is primarily caused by lions in the area that he comes from.

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Chastity Chavonga
 

Chastity is enthusiastic about wildlife protection, and she was inspired to do so after growing up in an area with a diverse range of wildlife. She aspires to further her education and establish herself as a force to be reckoned with in the male-dominated profession of conservation.

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Tapfumaneyi Sigundu
 

Tapfumaneyi Sigundu aims to foster human-wildlife coexistence by educating local communities about wildlife's importance. She also wants to be a part of developing and implementing livestock predation mitigation measures in the Mola area and elsewhere. 

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Governor Siajanika
 

Governor considers livestock farming to be a source of prosperity in his community, thus losing them is a significant loss. Given the scenario of cattle predation in the Mola area where he lives, he was inspired to try to develop long-term answers to the challenges that his community was experiencing. He also intends to continue his education and pursue a career in conservation.

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Nyadzisai Munenga

Nyadzisai is a mother of two and an advocate for coexisting with nature. She ought to contribute to the cause by spreading awareness of wildlife conservation and the risks associated with improper livestock management in terms of protecting livestock from predators.

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Custardy Siachema

Custard is fervently committed to community-based wildlife protection. He is very keen to advance the coexistence of humans and carnivores in his community and to persuade the residents of his village of the value of proper livestock management

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Blessed Churuchaumba

Blessed Churuchaumba was raised in Msambakaruma, surrounded by a rich variety of plants and animals. His mornings were greeted by the soothing sounds of doves cooing and fork-tailed drongos singing. This environment inspired his passion to contribute to Wildlife Conservation within his community.

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Colleen Mufepi

Colleen Mufepi, a young woman from Mola rural area, has found inspiration as a community guardian working in Wildlife Conservation Action. In her role, she focuses on assisting farmers by providing valuable advice on mitigating human-wildlife conflict and fostering peaceful coexistence between people and animals.

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Elton Makwerere

Elton Makwerere is passionate about promoting human-wildlife coexistence through his work with Wildlife Conservation Action. Through his experience, he has realized the importance of instilling passion within the community to achieve positive outcomes. He believes that educating people about the roles of each organism in the environment is key to fostering adaptation and cooperation. Elton expresses gratitude to the organization for allowing him to be an integral part of achieving his goals.

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First Tagara

First Tagara grew up in Musampakaruma area, just few kilometers to Matusadona National Park,  where he used to interact with wild species and the celebration was unbearable when seeing an elephant in the community using its trunk to feed it's self. That excitement of seeing wild species in the community without posing any harm, ignited his enthusiastic for wildlife protection and developed a sense of ownership that we share the same resources with wild species. Hence, he love protecting wild species and mingle with them on the same space.

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Knowledge Chiriga

Chiriga Knowledge spent his childhood in Nebiri village, located in the dense jungle of the Matusadonha catchment area. Growing up in this biodiverse environment, he learned the importance of coexistence with plants and animals, realizing that human survival is intertwined with the natural world. He is grateful for the guidance, inspiration, and impact of Wildlife Conservation Action (WCA), as it has empowered people in the community to focus on implementing solutions to mitigate human-wildlife conflict rather than resorting to complaints and retaliation.

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Nomsa Bafana

Nomsa Bafana, a mother of one, serves as a Community Guardian at Musambakaruma with Wildlife Conservation Action. Her primary goal is to minimize human-wildlife conflict within her community, aiming to cultivate a safe and harmonious environment for her child and future generations.

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Pikisai Mugaramanja

Pikisai Mugaramanja has a deep passion for wildlife conservation, which stems from his love for preserving fauna and flora. He expresses gratitude to the organization for helping turn his dream into a reality, as he now educates the community about the significance of wildlife. His aspiration is to further his career by studying wildlife management and obtaining a degree in the field.

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Nicolette Kabandanzi

Nicollete Kabandanzi is a woman with a deep passion for nature. One of the most captivating experiences that strengthened her connection to the natural world was her trips during secondary school. During these excursions, she developed a particular fondness for lions while visiting parks as a student. What intrigued her most was witnessing the harmonious coexistence between people and lions in designated areas, envisioning a scenario where lions could peacefully share their habitat with humans without posing a threat to livelihoods, and humans refraining from harming these majestic animals.

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Prosper Duve

Prosper Dube, hailing from Chilimba village in ward 6, has dealt with livestock losses due to lions and hyenas since his early years. However, upon joining this organization, he has learned numerous effective measures to mitigate such incidents. This learning experience has significantly impacted him, leading to positive changes. Prosper is determined to continue learning and sharing his knowledge for many years ahead.

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Tinashe Siamatanga

Tinashe Siamatanga, residing in Manhanga area, has personally observed wildlife species attacking livestock and damaging crops in his community. This experience deeply affected him and motivated him to join the organization, seeking practical solutions to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts. He is passionate about spreading awareness and educating the community on strategies to reduce such conflicts. Tinashe aims to promote positive perceptions of wildlife and advocate for effective human-wildlife conflict mitigation measures.

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Proud Munyukwi

Proud Munyukwi lives in
Kasvisva, ward 7 under Chief
Nebiri. He values the
importance of education and
awareness programs, sharing
knowledge with communities
Proud believes coexistence
between the human and
wildlife populations where
both are able to derive benefit
from the other sustainably.

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Tanaka Mawadze

Tanaka Mawadze is passionate about wildlife conservation and preventing poaching. He strongly believes in fostering harmonious coexistence between humans and wildlife. Tanaka also aspires to participate in activities such as fitting tracking collars on animals like elephants and lions. He deeply appreciates and respects individuals who actively protect and care for wildlife.

Our Attachment Students

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Emmanuel Chimsoro

Attachment Student 2024

 

Emmanuel Chimsoro is a dedicated and passionate student with a keen interest in non-timber forest products and how they play a crucial role in wildlife population dynamics. Currently pursuing a Degree in Natural Resources Management at Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, he explores the complex interactions of NTFPs and wildlife, how they influence species interaction, from herbivory, migration and predator-prey relations examining how this contributes to biodiversity conservation. Beyond academia, Emmanuel is actively involved in fieldwork and global youth led conservation initiatives. Emmanuel aspires to bridge the gap between NTFPs utilization, sustainability and community beneficiation, mainstreaming NTFPs as an alternative livelihood source in an ever changing environment. 

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Pelton Mumba 

Attachment Student 2023

 

A student at the Chinhoyi University of Technology pursuing a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Wildlife, Ecology, and Conservation. He is passionate about advocating for nature conservation through storytelling and documentation. He hopes to contribute as much in aspects of Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation through scientific research and videography. Pelton loves graphics designing and thinks that it is imperative in disseminating the conservation message in the technology era. 

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Nomthandazo

Ntuli


Attachment Student 2023

 

Nomthandazo, has a strong passion for the environment and believes that understanding it has never been more important than it is today, as it will be a drive to a sustainable use of our environment. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Forest Resources and Wildlife Management at the National University of Science Technology. She aspires to contribute to conservation through developing sustainable means of using the environment. 

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Ashely Tawanda

Remwa


Attachment Student 2023 

 

Ashely is a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Natural Resources Management at Bindura University of Science Education. He is passionate about finding sustainable mitigation measures to human wildlife conflict through community empowerment and research. He believes that community-based conservation is the basis for human-wildlife coexistence.

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Maclytte  

Tsakatsa


Attachment Student 2023

 

Maclytte, passionate about women's participation in conservation and believes that the level of success of a particular community is measured by the degree of excellence that women in that community have achieved. She is pursuing an Animal and Wildlife Science student from Midlands State University ,and looking forward to contributing to human-wildlife coexistence through research.

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Moono

Syapiila


Attachment Student 2022

 

Moono is studying an Animal Science and Rangeland Management Bachelor of Agriculture Sciences Honours Degree at Lupane State University. Attached at our Nyaminyami Coexistence Project. Moono grew up in a rural household in Zambia's Sinasongwe, where she witnessed human-animal conflict. This encounter has inspired her to pursue a degree in wildlife sciences in order to effectively contribute to the development of sustainable human-animal conflict mitigation methods as a strategy to support peaceful coexistence between humans and animals

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Tumelo

Mudimba


Attachment Student 2022

 

Tumelo is a student at the University of Zimbabwe. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Biological Sciences majoring in Ecology. Attached at our Shangani Ranch Carnivore Project. He is enthusiastic about long-term wildlife management. His conservation efforts are motivated by firsthand experiences of wildlife population decimation due to poaching in his rural home of Binga, Sinampande

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Francisca

Chipare


Attachment Student 2022

 

Francisca is a student at the Chinhoyi University of Technology, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Wildlife, Ecology, and Conservation. Attached at our Shangani Ranch Carnivore Project. She is passionate about wildlife biology and hopes to make a significant contribution to endangered species conservation through research and advocacy.Apart from academics she is a cricketer, who plays for Zimbabwe Women Cricket team.

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Goodman

Zhongove

 
Attachment Student 2022

 

Goodman is a student at Lupane State University. He is undertaking a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Wildlife Resources Management. He is interested in research and scientific publication. His conservation fight is to prevent extinction so that the beauty of all wildlife resources can continue to be appreciated by generations to come. He was part of our Shangani Carnivore Project 2021 team.

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Kelvin

Mapisa 


Attachment Student 2021

 

Kelvin who has rural background was saddened by the indiscriminate killing of wildlife by poachers in his rural home, viewing this as a threat to wildlife populations from a young age. He has always been drawn to conservation, joined several such clubs as a result, and ultimately enrolled with the Chinhoyi University of Technology to study for a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Wildlife, Ecology, and Conservation. He was part of our Shangani Carnivore Project 2021 team.

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Nick

Ncube


Attachment Student 2021

 

Nick is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Wildlife Resources Management at Lupane State University. He is passionate about large-carnivore conservation, promoting human-wildlife coexistence and improving local community livelihoods. He was part of our Nyaminyami Coexistence  Project 2021 team.

Our Partners

Our Partners

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