In 2014 I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Practice (WILDCRU, Oxford) with a Distinction, and I returned home in Zimbabwe to put to good use all the acquired knowledge. With over 5 years of field experience and a mammoth passion in wildlife, the Postgraduate Diploma was the missing link that I needed to be a much better conservation scientist.
In 2015, I was awarded the prestigious Beit Scholarship and I am now a DPhil student at the WildCRU (University of Oxford) working on conflict between lions and local communities in Zimbabwe. My research project is specifically on evaluating the socio-economic impacts of the Long Shields Community Guardians mitigation strategyon the well-being of marginalised rural communities living next to lions. Understanding such issues is very important in conservation; it enables us to re-direct efforts for more equitable benefits and to make informed decisions.