SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS CONSERVATION PROGRAM
Noah E. Mpunga: PROJECT DIRECTOR Noah joined WCS Tanzania in 2003 as a Conservation Biologist, primarily researching carnivores and primates of the Southern Highlands. Prior to this he worked with Dr Daniela De Luca studying carnivore distribution and abundance in Udzungwa National Park and Rungwe Nature Reserve. He holds a BSc in Wildlife Ecology and a Masters Degree in Corporate Management.
Sophy J. Machaga: ASSISTANT PROJECT DIRECTOR Sophy joined the program as a Conservation Biologist in 2003 to carry out field research. She is responsible for research design, collection and collation including GIS data and map-making for the project. She holds a BSc in Wildlife Ecology and Zoology and has been trained in GIS.
Fredy W. Mdemu: PROJECT FINANCE MANAGERFredy has been the program finance manager since 2009. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance and Banking from Tumaini University, Iringa College. Before joining WCS he taught at secondary school and college level in Iringa and Mbeya.
Daniela De Luca: TECHNICAL ADVISORDaniela holds a degree in zoology, wildlife ecology and management from the University of Rome and a PhD in behavioural ecology from the University of London and the Institute of the Zoological Society of London, UK. She moved to in 1999 Tanzania to manage a conservation and development project around Lake Rukwa, before joining WCS to carry out carnivore research and conservation across Southern Tanzania. During a camera trapping study in the Udzungwa National Park she re-discovered the Lowe’s servaline genet and recorded a new distribution site for the Jackson’s mongoose. She conducted a long term carnivore monitoring project in the Mt. Rungwe- Kitulo landscape and initiated and conducted the first Clawless and Spot necked otters project in Mt Rungwe and Sao Hill. She has been involved in many aspects of research design, data collection and analysis of endangered mammalian species such as Dugong, Chimpanzees, Kipunji and Zanzibar red colobus in addition to capacity building of Tanzanian graduates.
Vicky F. Mbofu: PROJECT ECOLOGISTVicky joined WCS as a research assistant in 2010, conducting social economic surveys on human-wildlife conflict assisting then PhD student Claire Bracebridge (now Ruaha-Katavi Technical Advisor). 3 months later she was employed as Social Economics Coordinator. She has a Bachelor of Wildlife Management from Sokoine University of Agriculture.
Anthony Ernest Minazi: ASSISTANT ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION COORDINATORAnthony initially joined WCS as a volunteer in the education department in 2013 and was employed after one year. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Ecotourism and Nature Conservation.
Faraja Dembe: ASSISTANT COMMUNITY LIAISON OFFICERFaraja started volunteering for WCS in 2013 and after showing keen learning was taken on full time in 2014. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Development Studies.
Sylvanos Peter Kimiti: SENIOR RESEARCH ASSISTANT Sylvanos manages research teams in all the program’s field activities. He has risen from Logistics Officer in 2003 then Research Assistant to his current role.
Obadia J. Mwaipungu: RESEARCH ASSISTANTObadia joined WCS in 2003 and has worked on research in the Southern Highlands. Prior to joining the program he worked for various private companies after completed secondary education.
Ayubu Kajigili: RESEARCH ASSISTANTAyubu started volunteering for WCS IN 2008, assisting with field activities. He was taken on as a research assistant in 2009 and has advanced secondary level education.
Willy Mwalwengele: RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Buto K. Mwamboneke: DRIVER AND MECHANIC Buto joined WCS in 2003 and is responsible for the program vehicles, driving project staff and visitors as well as assisting the team in various other activities. He has a certificate in mechanics.
Ramadhani S. Mduruma: DRIVER After working on two temporary assignments, Ramadhani joined WCS full time in 2008. In addition to driving, he assists with research and education activities. He holds a secondary education certificate and driving license.
Amnoni A. Mbubha: FOREST GUARDAmnoni lives adjacent to Mt. Rungwe and started guiding WCS researchers in 2003, during which time he became familiar with field activities and conservation. He was formally employed in 2007 and is educated to primary level.
Sharifa Kapenja Azizi: FOREST GUARDSharifa began working as a porter for WCS research teams before becoming employed by the program in 2008 to help protect Mt Rungwe.
Christopher Mwampetele: FOREST GUARDChristopher lives adjacent to the forest in Mt Rungwe and began formally assisting WCS in its conservation in 2008.
Atupakisye Mwaibanje: FOREST GUARDAtupakisye joined the program as a camp guard and cook in 2006. She learnt fast about research activities and was promoted to forest guard in 2008.
Asifiwe Omari: FOREST GUARDAsifiwe has always been interested in conservation. He initially worked as a porter for WCS field researchers before being taken on as a forest guard in 2008.
Samwel Ambokile: FIELD ASSISTANT
Jane S. Lugome: OFFICE ATTENDANTJane has been with the program since 2003 since when she has become familiar with research activities and learnt how to take care of flora and fauna specimens brought to the office for identification and study. She has a primary education certificate.
Joshua E. Nsagaji: OFFICE GUARD Joshua joined WCS in 2003. In addition to working as a guard he takes care of the garden and assists with project logistics and stores.
Leba Mwanahewa: OFFICE GUARD Leba joined WCS in 2005. He takes care of general office security and equipment as well as assisting in field logistics and maintenance of the office grounds. He holds a primary education certificate.
Eliah H. Mwasyove: OFFICE GUARD Eliah holds a primary education certificate and joined WCS in 2006. He is responsible for taking care of office equipment and assisting with logistics and stores.