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: PROJECT MANAGER 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”.
Mustafa Mohammedali Hassanali: PROJECT ASSISTANT Mustafa Hassanali joined WCS as an assistant field scientist for the Tarangire Elephant Project from 2009 to 2011. In 2011, he attended a short course in QGIS, after which he took on small projects as a GIS consultant. In 2015 he joined WCS as a SMART program assistant to help roll out SMART in all the Tanzanian National Parks. He loves being out in the bush and he is passionate about conservation.
Paul Baran: SENIOR RESEARCH COORDINATOR Paul completed his Advanced Diploma in Wildlife
Management at Mweka College before beginning his research career as a field
assistant with the Tarangire Carnivore Biodiversity Project. He then worked as
field officer for the Tanzania Mammal Atlas Project before joining the Tanzania
Elephant Management Project as Senior Research Assistant, then joining
CUT as Project Assistant. His area of specialisation is data collection using
Remote Sensing Camera traps.
Boniface Osujaki: FIELD 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.
John Mkindi: FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANT John joined WCS in 2002 and began his career as a camp assistant at the elephant research camp in Tarangire. He was keen to learn more and took a year off to attend the College of African Wildlife Management at Mweka. After graduation he was employed as the research assistant for our elephant research. He spends his days following elephants, identifying who’s-who, and studying their behaviour.
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: DRIVER & MECHANIC 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.
Meshack Laizer: OFFICE GUARD Meshack joined WCS in 2008. He’s an efficient and watchful office guard.
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.