DWT’s dedicated team works to further the biological knowledge of the region, including to the communities of our region.  We promote the importance of conserving local biodiversity and ensuring the use of natural resources is sustainable. Whilst we have a strong local focus, we collaborate with other groups in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa to proactively drive Conservation Across Boundaries.

Director – Verity Bowman RVN, DipAVN (Surgical)

Verity’s role as CEO involves not only overseeing all Trust activities and financial management, but fundraising (particularly for the rhino conservation work) and arranging the logistics for annual “rhino management operations” in the areas in which DWT works. As DWT’s rhino representative, Verity sits on the National Rhino Coordination Committee that is chaired by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.

Senior Researcher – Dr Nicola Pegg, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD

After completing her Master’s degree in Entomology and spending 18 months as a research assistant at The Malilangwe Trust in Chiredzi, Nicky joined DWT in 2004 as the Antelope Project Coordinator. Her research work on small antelope in the Matobo Hills contributed to her PhD in Zoology at Rhodes University. After graduating in 2011, Nicky was promoted to Senior Researcher. In addition to carrying out her own research, she oversees the research and conservation work at DWT, assists with fundraising, and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students affiliated with the Trust.

Logistics Manager – Sheri Alexander

With a lifelong interest in the outdoors and conservation in Zimbabwe, Sheri joined DWT in 2017 as the Logistics Manager. Sheri ensures that the day-to-day running of DWT operations and financial management is smooth and seamless in spite of the ever-changing economic context in Zimbabwe.

Education Officer – Bright Sagonda

Responsible for the smooth running of Matobo Biodiversity Monitoring Project, Bright is at the forefront of DWT’s efforts to increase environmental awareness and stewardship of the natural resources in the Matobo Hills. His work ranges from producing educational material describing local flora and fauna to working with teenagers to increase their interest in the natural world.

Field Officer – Tafadzwa Tichagwa, BSc(Hons)

Tafadzwa’s deep understanding of the ecology of the Rhodes Matopos National Park is an invaluable asset as he collects data and does much of the field work for DWT’s research projects. He is also finishing up an MPhil in Rangeland Ecology on White Rhino behavioural ecology and habitat use through the National University of Science and Technology (NUST).