Area of Operation

Lions and The Trans Kalahari Predator Programme History and Milestones Area of Operation Lion Ecology Monitoring Populations Transboundary and Landscape Conservation Human-Lion Coexistence Research Methods The Team The Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area Unifying five African states in conservation, the declaration of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) marked the establishment of Africa’s most extensive cross-border […]

Ms Jane Hunt

Jane comes from a professional safari guiding and safari camp management back ground. She was the first woman in Zimbabwe to qualify as a Professional Safari Guide and specialised in horseback  safaris for many years.  She joined Hwange Lion Research in 2003 and has since been running the fieldwork and helping with the management of […]

Mr Andrea Sibanda

After completing his GCSEs Andrea began his career working in various roles within the hospitality industry, in and around Victoria Falls. He joined Animal Lifeline (ALL4AP) where he gained considerable experience in bushcraft and anti-poaching – after completing an advanced course with International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) – he travelled around the country recruiting and training personnel  […]

Mr Liomba-Junior Mathe

Liomba-Junior Mathe is a trained field biologist and involved in the research, management and coordination of mobile bomas and the Long Shields Lion Guardian programme for Hwange Lion Research. Liomba was born in Hwange on 11 December 1989. He completed high school at Fatima High School in 2008 before enrolling for a University degree. He […]

Mr Justin Seymour-Smith

After graduating in Zoology and Geology from the University of Rhodesia, I spent time in the mining industry as a geologist before returning to the family business, managing and running our wildlife estate. Our family estate had been developed for its wildlife potential and had a particular emphasis on rhino conservation. For 35 years I […]

Dr Jess Isden

Jess combines her background in both conservation ecology and animal behaviour to try and tackle the issue of human-wildlife conflict in Botswana. Jess has a BSc in Geography and an MSc in Conservation from the University of London. She has previously conducted fieldwork studies in Kenya and Tanzania, as well as spending a year at […]

Cecil the lion’s son Xanda also shot dead in Zimbabwe

**Updated on 24th July 2017 in response to a statement by ZPHGA (see end)** Xanda, Cecil the lion’s oldest surviving son, has been shot and killed by hunters in Zimbabwe two years after his father’s death shocked the world. Xanda, aged six, was shot by a trophy hunter on 7th July just outside the boundaries […]

Education and Outreach

Since its inception, WildCRU has sought to engage society with conservation through the wide communication of scientific research. Our founder, David Macdonald, is known for his outreach to the public, through popular films and books, as well as a wide scientific community in which he is frequently invited to give prestige lectures. Importantly, implementing education […]

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