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Ecology & Conservation Department


CORE FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT
The department of Conservation Biology commits to conservation of biodiversity through scientific research
on flora and fauna. It is mandated to conduct research on the ecology and conservation of non-human primates
(NHP) with particular emphasis on threatened and endangered species and their natural habitats.  The department
is field oriented but with a link to the laboratory-based studies especially in regard to animal behavioral studies.
On this, it serves to complement IPR’s utilization of animals in biomedical research while at the same time providing
checks and balances to ensure that the use of any species in research is not detrimental on the status of these animals
in the wild. Besides NHP, the department also carries out research on other endangered keystone species in primate’s
habitats such as Elephants, Grevy Zebras, Hirolas and Wild dogs, as well as diseases that threaten the survival of the
species.
 
The main activities of the department include:

Protection and monitoring of endangered primates and other mammals
  • Resolution of human-wildlife conflicts
  • Enhancing the role of community in conservation
  • Linking captive and laboratory animal science with wild animal behaviour and conservation science.
  • Investigation of zoonotic diseases of public health importance.

 

 Besides these, the department in collaboration with Rutgers University (USA) runs an annual Primatology Field School program aimed at educating students on primate ecology and conservation. Participants get an opportunity to learn about how to conduct population census of primates, study social behavior and habitat use, practice animal identification, carry out time budget analysis via scan and focal animal sampling, and how to measure habitat use.  Moreover students are exposed to challenges of primate conservation in regions where the species are destructive to crops grown by subsistence farmers.

 

Field sites of special interest to the Department

  1. Tana River National Primate Reserve: These forests are home for two endangered primates: the Tana River red Colobus and Tana River crested Mangabeys. The department has over the years been monitoring their population sizes and also evaluating changes in habitat.
  2. Karura Forest: Translocation of Black & White Colobus from Gilgil, Aberdare; Kipipiri & Wanjohi.
  3. Mathews Range Forest Reserve: De brazza monkey is near extinct in Kenya. Mathew ranges in Samburu district hold the few remaining population. The department recently started monitoring their populations.
  4. Kibwezi/Mtito Adei– This focuses on the Kibwezi forest, the Human-wildlife interface of Tsavo West National Park and Chyulu Hills ecosystem biodiversity.
  5. Ishaqbin – Hirola conservation and primate monitoring in the East Bank of Tana River
  6. Oloolua Forest – Ecological & behavioral studies of the Highland Sykes Monkey

 

 STAFF:

Name

Position

Interests

Email Address

Stanislaus M. Kivai

Research Scientist (PhD student)

Human-wildlife interactions, Population ecology, Habitats & climate change, and behavioral ecology

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Nancy N. Moinde

Research Scientist (PhD student)

Wildlife-Human interaction,  Land use changes & Behavioral ecology

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Danson Mwangi

Research Scientist (MSc.)

Zoonosis, Human –Wildlife conflict, Environmental Conservation, Social Determinants of Health.

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Peter Fundi

Research Scientist

(MSc)

Conservation Biology, Primates behaviour and ecology, Human-wildlife interactions.

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Ali Hussein

Research Scientist (PhD Student)

Small mammals, Endangered species ecology

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Nashaat M. Mazurui          

Research Scientist (PhD Student)

Waste management, environmental conservation

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