Charles Foley: PROJECT DIRECTOR Charles graduated with a BA in Zoology from Oxford University and a Phd in Biology from Princeton University, and has worked for WCS since 1998. Since 1993 he has studied the elephant population in Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania (now the second longest elephant study in Africa), covering a variety of different topics including demography, behaviour, genetics, and movement patterns. His recent work has focussed on identifying wildlife migration corridors and dispersal areas in the ecosystem and working with local communities to ensure their long-term protection. Charles has worked with the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute to establish a large mammal database for the country, and produce a National Elephant Management Plan for Tanzania. He has a keen interest in mammals and co-authored a “Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Tanzania”.
Lara Foley: TECHNICAL ADVISOR Lara has been working for WCS since 2002 and has a Masters degree from the Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation in the Netherlands. She uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping to highlight wildlife use in the Tarangire ecosystem and across Tanzania, and she is also responsible for overseeing the program’s administration. She is a co-author of a “Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Tanzania”.
Pamela Kereri: FINANCE MANAGER (TARANGIRE ELEPHANT PROJECT & SERENGETI CHEETAH PROJECT)
Boniface Osujaki: SENIOR RESEARCH ASSISTANT Boniface joined WCS in 2012 as a field officer to supervise the Village Game Scouts outside of Tarangire National Park. When he was a boy he took care of his family’s cattle and would see wildlife in the pastures that shared the grass with his livestock. He took an interest in studying wildlife and joined the College of African Wildlife Management at Mweka, graduating with a diploma in wildlife management.
Dennis Minja: MANAGER SERENGETI CHEETAH PROJECTDennis has spent seven years to date working on big cats
across the Maasai steppe heartland and Serengeti National Park. He is currently
helping to monitor the cheetah population across the Serengeti ecosystem. He
completed his Masters degree in Wildlife Management at Sokoine University of
Agriculture before starting his bush life. His study on Tarangire lions
revealed important features impacting successful hunts and prey preference.
John Mschana: LOGISTICS MANAGER John joined WCS in 1998 and has worked his way from a camp assistant at the elephant research camp in Tarangire National Park to an accomplished mechanic, driver, and logistics officer. He meticulously overseas the growing fleet of vehicles, and he’s also a skilled carpenter and camp cook.
Elisipha Kivuyo: OFFICE GUARD & GARDENER Elisipha joined WCS in 2008. She enjoys being outside and has studied organic gardening and permaculture.
Peter Mvungi: CAMP ASSISTANT Peter joined WCS in 2009 and is based in Tarangire National Park. During his employment with WCS he has learned to drive and he often accompanies our research assistant in the field.
Alex Gerard: CAMP ASSISTANT Alex joined WCS in 2010 and is quiet and hard-working assistant. He’s also a good cook and enjoys learning car mechanics.
Meshack Laizer: OFFICE GUARDMeshack joined WCS in 2008. He’s an efficient and watchful office guard.
Richard Mduma: OFFICE GUARD