Dr. Sarah Durant
Project Leader – Cheetah
Dr Sarah Durant is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London and the Wildlife Conservation Society. She has headed the Serengeti Cheetah Project, the world\’s longest ongoing project on wild cheetah, since 1991. In 2002, in collaboration with the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), she established the Tanzania Carnivore Program, that aims to establish and maintain national capacity for research and conservation of all carnivores in Tanzania. In 2007, working with Rosie Woodroffe, she established a regional strategic conservation planning process for cheetah and wild dogs. This process led her to establish the ongoing Rangewide Conservation Program for Cheetah and Wild Dog in 2008 with an overall goal of reversing cheetah and wild dog declines. She is the author of numerous scientific papers on the conservation and biology of cheetahs and other carnivores.
Prof. Rosie Woodroffe
Technical Advisor – Wild Dogs
Professor Rosie Woodroffe is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London. She coordinates the African wild dog working group, part of the IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group. She established the Samburu-Laikipia Wild Dog Project in Kenya in 2001; in 2014 this conservation research project expanded its mission to become the Kenya Rangelands Wild Dog and Cheetah Project.
Dr. Nick Mitchell
Lead Coordinator and Regional Coordinator (East Africa) Zoological Society of London / Wildlife Conservation Society
Dr. Nick Mitchell has been working in Eastern Africa for more than a decade and is now based at the Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) in Arusha, Tanzania. He has a particular interest in human-wildlife conflict and on wildlife trafficking, both integral parts of his current work. His previous work was also at the interface between research and conservation in the region as he was working on participatory land use planning and land use change. His PhD investigated long-term land use change focusing on habitat fragmentation and disturbance using GIS.
Dr. Rosemary Groom
Regional Coordinator (Southern Africa) Zoological Society of London / Wildlife Conservation Society
Rosemary Groom is a conservation biologist who has been working in East and southern Africa since 2001. In 2008, she moved to Zimbabwe to work on large carnivore conservation, focusing on the African wild dog. Her areas of interest and expertise include working at local, regional and international levels with a variety of stakeholders on carnivore conservation issues and designing and implementing large-scale field conservation projects which include a strong education and community engagement component.
Dr. Audrey Ipavec
Regional Coordinator (North, West and Central Africa) Zoological Society of London / Wildlife Conservation Society
Dr Audrey Ipavec is a wildlife ecologist who has been working in Southern and Western African savanna ecosystems since 1999. Resident in Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger, West Africa, from 2002 to 2009, she obtained a PhD studying elephant population distribution in the W Regional Park. Now living in Benin, for the last four years she has been lecturing on ecology and human wildlife conflict.
With Thanks to…
The Range Wide Conservation Program is a joint initiative of the Zoological Society of London and the Wildlife Conservation Society, endorsed by the IUCN Cat and Canid Specialist Groups. The program’s core operating costs are funded by the Howard G Buffet Foundation. Many other organisations have supported or funded various aspects of the program.