Scientific Services Team



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Professional Qualifications:

2013 Dhil Environmental Science NUST (thesis submitted)

1997- MSc in Conservation Biology (Canterbury, U. K.)

1985- MSc in Agriculture (Kharkov, Ukraine)

1985- Cert. Education (Kharkov)

1994- Cert. Remote Sensing

1994- Cert. Project Appraisal and Quantitative Methods

1994- Cert. Basic and Micro Economics

1999- Cert. Biodiversity management (Japan)


Years in Service: 29 Years

Merits/Awards: Wildlife Society Research Award

University of Zululand Research Awards

Personal philosophy

Sound earthkeeping through innovations in research and community outreach

Personal achievements: Author of several environmental science books

University lectureships in Environment disciplines

Responsibilities: Mentorship of researchers

Environmental assessments

Ecological assessments

Authorship of research work


a) Environmental Assessments b) Environmental Management Systems

c) Forestry d) Ecology e) Wildlife Biology f) Ecotourism g) Community Natural Resource Management h) Land use planning i) Park planning j) Water quality monitoring


Vegetation survey of the Sinamatella area, Hwange National Park:

National Parks inventory. Air photos (1: 80 000), phytosociological sampling, notes on reordering. Dyeline map @ 1: 80 000 19 vegetation types/map units detailed

a) Training Workshops:

Four Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) training workshops held.

b) Government Advisory Committees

Consultant in the Zimbabwe delegation to the Transfrontier Conservation Area Technical Subcommittee of the Mozambique Gaza Contada/South Africa Kruger National Park/Zimbabwe Gonarezhou National Park
c) Service to NGO’s

Consultant to NGO’s SAFIRE and ZIRRCON.


a) Books:

GonarezhouNational Park Management Plan. 2000 National Parks and Wildlife Management. 200 p

b) The guardians of space and happiness: The QED for climate change. Austin Macauley Book Publishers. London. 98 p. 2014. ISBN 978-1849635219

c) Real hunting the real way in Zimbabwe. Raider International Book Publishers. New York. 98 p

d) Human-wildlife-mining conflict in Zimbabwe. Raider International Book Publishers. New York. 98 p

e) Water in lowlands “The Hub” of things: A synopsis of rising concerns. (just completed for Austin Macauley Publishers. 320 p)

PUBLICATIONS (in refereed Journals 20 Papers):

Albano,G., Campbell,B.M., Foote, L., Gambiza, J., Grundy, I., N’gonu, C.TAFANGENYASHA, C.) (2000) The ecological impacts of IlalaPalm(Hyphaenepetersiana utilization. In:IES Working Paper NO.15. The ecology, control and economics of Ilala Palm in Sengwe Communal Area, Zimbabwe. University of Zimbabwe. (Chapter 4) Pages 30-41.

Grundy, I. M., Campbell, B. M., Balebereho, S., Cunliffe, R., TAFANGENYASHA, C. Fergusson, R. and Parry, D. 1993. Availability and use of trees in Mutanda Ressettlement Area, Zimbabwe. Forest Ecology and Management 56, 243-266.

TAFANGENYASHA, C. Atkinson and Jones, M. A. 1994. Diamond prospecting in GonarezhouNational Park by Rio Tinto Zimbabwe Ltd-preliminary impact statement. Project report No. GNP/1/1A/1. DNPWLM and Rio Tinto Zimbabwe Limited. Harare. 26 p.

TAFANGENYASHA, C. and Campbell, B. M. 1995. Past human activities in the Sinamatella area of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Journal of Applied Science in Southern Africa 1, 63-71.

TAFANGENYASHA, C. 1994. Rehabilitation of degraded mopane soils in a wildlife area: a review of options for the Sinamatella area of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Science News Vol. 28, 5-7.

TAFANGENYASHA, C. 1995. Distribution and status of the of the Ostrich in the Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe. Transactions of the Zimbabwe Scientific Association 69, 1-4.

TAFANGENYASHA, C. 1997. Tree loss in the GonarezhouNational Park (Zimbabwe) between 1970 and 1983. Journal of Environmental Management 49, 355-366.

TAFANGENYASHA, C. 1997. Should Benji Dam be dredged? A preliminary impact assessment to dredging a water reservoir in an African national park. Environmentalist 17, 191-195

TAFANGENYASHA, C. and Campbell, B.M. 1998. Initiation and maintenance of degraded landscape in the Sinamatella area of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Journal of Environmental Management 52, 69-78

TAFANGENYASHA, C. 1998. Phenology and mortality of common woody plants during and after a severe drought in South-eastern Zimbabwe. Transactions of the Zimbabwe Scientific Association 72, 1-6.

TAFANGENYASHA, C. (Editor) (2000) GonarezhouNational Park Management Plan: 1998-2002. Department of National Parks and Widlife Management. Ministry of Mines, Environment and Tourism. 170 p

TAFANGENYASHA, C. (2001) Decline of Brachystegia glaucescens in the GonarezhouNational Park, southeastZimbabwe. Journal of Environmental Management 63, 37-50.

TAFANGENYASHA, C. (in press) Vegetation of the Matobo National Park, south western Zimbabwe. Kirkia

TAFANGENYASHA, C. and Dube, L.T. (in press) Can phosphate recovery be an option to reducing phosphate loads in agricultural persistent point source nutrient discharges in southeast Zimbabwe? International Journal of Environmental Studies (Francis and Taylor Accepted)

TAFANGENYASHA, C. and Dube, L.T.(2008) An investigation of the impacts of agricultural runoff on the water quality and aquatic organisms in a lowveld sand river system in southeast Zimbabwe. Water Resources Management Journal 22, 119-130.

TAFANGENYASHA, C.andDzinomwa, T. (2005) Land-use impacts on river water quality in lowveld sand river systems in south-east Zimbabwe. Land-use and Water Resources Research5, 3.1-3.10.

TAFANGENYASHA, C. and Dube, L. T. (2008) Evaluation of the usefulness of the South African Scoring Systems in a savanna river. Tropical and Subtr opical Agroecosystems Journal 8, 135-144.

TAFANGENYASHA, C. Mthembu AT, Chkoore, H., Ndimande, N., Xulu, S. and Gcwensa, N. In Press.Seedbank and its influence on the colonization of supercritically degraded landscapes. International Journal Agricultural Research.

TAFANGENYASHA, C., Marshall, B. E and L. T. Dube (2010). The diurnal variation of the physico-chemical parameters of a lowland river flow in a semi-arid landscape with human interferences in Zimbabwe. International Research. Journal for Water Environment and EngineeringVol. 2(6), pp. 137–147.

TAFANGENYASHA, C. Mthembu AT, Chkoore, H., Ndimande, N., Xulu, S. and Gcwensa, N. 2011. The effects of soil density on the vegetation of the Umfolozi catchment in South Africa. Journal of Soil Science and Environmental Management Vol. 2, pp. 14–24

TAFANGENYASHA, C. Mthembu AT, Chkoore, H., Ndimande, N., Xulu, S. and Gcwensa, N. 2011. Rangeland characteristics of a supercritical degraded landscape in the semi-arid area of South Africa. Journal of Soil Science and Environmental Management Vol. 2, pp. 80–87.

f) Reports:

i) World Bank Zimbabwe Conservation Project: Outputs:

GonarezhouNational Park Management Planning Programme: Planning issues. Phase 1. March 1993. 21 p. Produced for Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management, Harare.

ii) World Bank Zimbabwe Conservation Project: Outputs:

GonarezhouNational Park Management Programme:

Management Options. Phase 2. May 1993. 39 p. Produced for Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management, Harare.

iii) World Bank Zimbabwe Conservation Project: Outputs:

GonarezhouNational Park Management Plan. Phase 3. October 1993. 130 p. Produced for Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management, Harare.

iv) World BankZimbabwe Conservation Project: 1994 Outputs:

Gonarezhou National Park Background reports. Produced for the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management, Harare.

v) Wildlife utilization scheme: Feasibility study of the emergent conservancy in the Gonakudzingwa combining ten small scale commercial farms. 30 p. 200

vi)Wildlife utilization scheme: Feasibility study of the Chizvirizvi and NyangombeRessettlement Schemes. Report produced for the Chiredzi Rural District Council. 40 p.

vii)Wildlife populations in the proposed conservation belt around Manyuchi Dam, Southern Zimbabwe. 10 p.

viii)EIA forTourism projects at Manyuchi Dam, Southern Zimbabwe. 10 p. 2001

ix) The biodiversity of Manjinji Animal Sanctuary Pan in Southeast Zimbabwe. Report for SAFIRE 70 p. 2002

x) Biodiversity and factors influencing condition in the Chipinge and Chiredzi Districts. 186 p. Report produced for United Nations Development Programme.1999

xi)GonarezhouNational Park: A synopsis of potential sites for leasing and investment. 40 p. National Parks 2002

xii)KyleRecreationalPark: A synopsis of potential sites for leasing and investment. 40 p.

xiii)Results of a feasibility study into the potential of ChiwaraMountain (Gutu area, Zimbabwe) as a viable wildlife conservation area. 60 p. ZIRRCON. 2000

xiv)Transfrontier Conservation Area Planning (Peace Parks Planning) of the Mozambique Gaza Contada/South Africa Kruger National Park/Zimbabwe Gonarezhou National Park. 2003

xv) Ostrich feasibility study and insight into Ostrich management. Project report for the FreeMethodistLundiChristianHigh School. 2004

xvi)Malangani Ranch gemsbok habitat suitability assessment. Report for the Wildlife Producers Association.2004

xvii)Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed Limestone Extraction Project and Cement Factory at Mushandike, Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Report for the Marondera Tannery. 2005

xviii) Environmental Impact Assessment for a small scale riversand mining project on upstream Gway iRiver in UmguzaDistrict,westernZimbabwe. 2006

xviii) Decomissioning impact analysis of Buchwa Mine near Zvishavane. Buchwa Mine 40 p. 2001

xix) NtambananaMunicipality (South Africa) Environmental Management Development Framework. 300 p. May 2010



Mrs. Rose Mandisodza-Chikerema is a dedicated conservationist with 10 years’ work experience in wildlife ecology working for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA). Her research interest includes large carnivore management, animal welfare for wildlife in captivity, wildlife utilization and environmental impact assessments. Mrs. Chikerema has vast experience in feasibility assessments for wildlife ranching in areas outside Protected Areas (Private Game Farms).


  1. Master of Science Tropical Resource Ecology (University of Zimbabwe)
  2. Bachelor of Environmental Science in (Honours) in Wildlife and Rangeland Management (Bindura University of Science Education)



B.Sc. (Hons) Wildlife and Safari Management, Chinhoyi University of Technology

Cheryl Tinashe Mabika is an ecologist with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA), Scientific Services Department. She obtained a degree in Wildlife and Safari Management at Chinhoyi University of Technology in 2013. She also did her internship at Gonarezhou National Park for a year. She has done research in Spatial distribution patterns and trends in vegetation across areas of different land use.

Research Work

  • Thesis: Vegetation structure and composition across areas of different land-use in Gonarezhou National Park and adjacent campfire hunting areas, South-eastern Zimbabwe.
  • Zisadza-Gandiwa P., Mabika C.T., Kupika O.L., Gandiwa E. and Murungweni C. (2013) Vegetation structure and composition across areas of different land-uses in a  semiarid savanna  of Southern Zimbabwe. International Journal of Biodiversity. Volume 3:2013



Name:  Itai Hilary Tendaupenyu

Job Title:  Principal Ecologist and Officer-in-Charge Lake Kariba Fisheries Research Institute

D.O.B:  4th November 1980

Qualifications: Master of Fisheries Science (Pukyong National University)

Master of Science Tropical Resource Ecology (UZ)

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biological Sciences (UZ)

Specialization: Fisheries Resource Management and Assessment, Fisheries Investment Appraisal, Fisheries Economics, Fisheries Bioeconomic Modeling, Fisheries Trade and Management Policy, International Fisheries Law, Climate Change and Ecosystems, Limnology.

Research Work Underway:

  1. Analytical models using growth populations to determine kapenta stock and sustainability parameters in Lake Kariba: Length frequency analysis of kapenta is underway with samples collected from different basins of Lake Kariba every month.
  2. Limnology: Water quality monitoring throughout Lake Kariba is where parameters such as dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, conductivity, nitrogen and phosphorous content of the lake are measured and compared throughout the year to shifts and effects on productivity on the lake.
  3. Changes in fish species diversity in artisanal fish catches – Collection and analysis of catch data is underway. Species diversity trends over time and space are analysed to provide performance of the artisanal fishery in Lake Kariba and also to assess the health of the fishery.
  4. Ecology of Tigerfish in Lake Kariba: Analysing catch trends and effect of declining kapenta populations in Lake Kariba on tigerfish stock and consequences of changes on the ecosystem.
  5. Effect of Climate Change on Zooplankton production in Lake Kariba: So far it has been established that temperatures above 28oC lead to a decline in algae populations and promote blue-green algae growth. The latter is not palatable to zooplankton. Since Lake Kariba waters have warmed up over the years and temperatures are consistently above 28oC it is important to assess the zooplankton response to this alteration of the food chain with particular interest in how this ultimately affects kapenta production since zooplankton is the primary feed for the clupeid.


Utete, B., Mutasa, L., Ndhlovu, N., Tendaupenyu I.H. 2013, Impact of Aquaculture on Water Quality in Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe. International Journal of Aquaculture, 2013, Vol.3, No.4, 1116.

In Press:

Chitate, M.T., Utete,B., Phiri,C., Ndhlovu,N., Tendaupenyu,I.H., Diet spectrum and feed composition of Hydrocynus Vittatus, Castelnau, 1861 in Lake Kariba: Has there been a shift in the last decades?

Tendaupenyu, I.H., Pyo, Hee-dong., Zhang C., A comparative analysis of Surplus production and Analytical Models in Assessing Kapenta, Limnothrissa miodon, stock in Lake Kariba.

Tendaupenyu, I.H., Using modeling as a management tool in managing water resources: A Lake Chivero Case Study.

Tendaupenyu, I.H., Self-purification of streams using wetlands: The Mukuvisi River, Harare Zimbabwe


MSc Conservation Biology (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Forest Resources and Wildlife Management (NUST, Zimbabwe)

Lovelater joined ZPWMA in 2014. She is interested in raptors and has worked on a raptor bird projects. She did her industrial attachment with the African Birds of Prey Sanctuary, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.  She has worked as a research assistant for Avisense Consulting in Cape Town and also for Peter Mundy at the National University of Science and Technology.  Her Honours project was on the sexing of Long-crested eagles in the field. Her MSc project was on Black Sparrowhawks. She is also currently doing some work on owls, vultures and the Black stork.


  • Jenkins A.R., De Goede K.H., Sebele L. and Diamond M. (2013). Brokering a settlement between raptors and industry: sustainable management of large eagles nesting on power infrastructure – Bird Conservation International.
  • Martin R., Sebele L., Koeslag A.  Curtis O., Abadi, F., Amar A. (In press). Phenological shifts assist colonization of a novel environment in a range-expanding raptor – Oikos.


Mr. Ashley Mudungwe joined the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) in March 2014. Before joining the ZPWMA, Ashley worked with the Dambari Wildlife Trust as a Conservation Education and Research Officer from January 2009 to June 2010.  Ashley has a BSc. (Hon) degree in Forest Resources and Wildlife Management with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) which he completed in 2008. He also has a certificate in Cheetah Conservation Biology which he obtained from the Cheetah Conservation Fund (Namibia) in 2008. Between 2010 and 2012, Ashley completed a Master of Science degree in Environmental Informatics (GIS and Remote Sensing) with the University of Leicester, UK. His research interests are in the Human-predator conflict issues, Land Use/Cover Change and GIS and Remote Sensing applications.

Mr. Kuvawoga is a planner by profession. He has been with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority for the past 8years. He holds a Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Rural and Urban Planning and a Masters in Environmental Policy and Planning both obtained from the University of Zimbabwe.

Currently he is the Principal Planning officer for ZimParks and resident ecologist for the Mid- Zambezi Valley, spear heading preparation of park management plans, control of physical developments within parks estates and terrestrial research. His research interest includes climate change and impacts on wildlife, human-wildlife conflict, land use and land use change, environmental design, wildlife utilization, spatial modeling, planning and environmental impact assessments.

Mr. Kuvawoga has vast experience in wildlife surveys and preparation of feasibility assessments for wildlife farming and environmental management projects.


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Zimparks guns down hippo in Nyanyadzi

August 31, 2017August 31, 2017
Inset from Zimpapers. THE Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority last week shot dead a hippopotamus that was damaging winter wheat in Nyanyadzi. The hippo, which had a calf, is believed to have escaped from Save Conservancy. ZPWMA ordered the shooting of the hippos after traditional leaders in the area reported that it was damaging crops and endangering lives. ZPWMA officer, Mr John Danfa, said they were still hunting for the calf which is believed to have found habitat along Save River. “Usually hippos move up and down rivers during the rainy season. We believe the two escaped from Save Valley Conservancy. They were both females and they do not usually click if there is no male. “They are believed to have separated. We received reports from traditional leaders in Hot Springs and Nyanyadzi that these hippos were feeding on wheat and crops in their fields.” “People’s lives were endangered so the authorities ordered its killing. The first time we attempted to kill it, it was in the company of so many cattle and could not do anything. Our officer teamed up with villagers to track it until last week when it was shot down in Nyanyadzi”. The officer is said to have fired 12 shots before the hippo died. The meat was shared by villagers. One of the villagers in Dirikwe village, Mr Tapiwa Munyati, said: “This hippo was becoming a threat to human lives in the area. It was being spotted near homes at night. “There are vegetable gardens along one of Save River’s tributaries where it was being spotted.“We were told that hippos do not like light and the danger was that lives would have been lost.” “A villager survived death by a whisker recently when the hippo strayed into his homestead.“He went out of his house to investigate when his dogs were barking. He had a torch and the hippo advanced towards him. “Fortunately he managed to escape the attack and notified other villagers and the village head. We are appealing to the responsible authorities to make sure that the remaining one is also killed,” said Mr Munyati.