Prof Victor K. Muposhi

Deputy Dean: School of Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation

Coordinator: MSc in Biodiversity Conservation

Victor is a conservation scientist with extensive training and working experience on wildlife monitoring and study techniques, wildlife re-introduction programmes, sustainable use and wildlife off-takes, vegetation and habitat assessments, reserve design and protected area management and ecological modelling.

Research Interests: His main areas of research focus on biodiversity conservation, population and behavioural ecology, sustainable use, ecological modelling, and conservation science. Victor has developed much interest in illegal wildlife trade, law enforcement and women empowerment in conservation. He endeavours to develop and support complementary pathways that engage and support communities to create an enabling environment thus reducing source markets for illegal wildlife trade. Currently, Victor is leading a research team working on a DNA based Rhino conservation matrix in Zimbabwe. The project focuses on “Genetic & community structure analysis of small and isolated black and white rhinoceros populations in Zimbabwe”.

Selected publications:

  1. Tarakini, T., Sithole, S., Utete, B., Muposhi, V. K., Madhlamoto, D., & Gandiwa, E. (2017). Host preferences, spatial distribution and interaction of oxpeckers with wild ungulates in and around southern Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe. Tropical Ecology, 58(4), 833-838.
  2. Muposhi V.K., Gandiwa E., Bartels P., Makuza S.M. (2017) Ecological, physiological, genetic trade-offs and socio-economic implications of trophy hunting as a conservation tool: a narrative review. Journal of Animal and Plant Science: 27(1): 1-14.
  3. Muposhi V.K., Gandiwa E., Bartels P., Makuza S.M., Madiri T.H (2016) Trophy Hunting and Sustainability: Temporal Dynamics in Trophy Quality and Harvesting Patterns of Wild Herbivores in a Tropical Semi-Arid Savanna Ecosystem. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0164429
  4. Muposhi V.K., Gandiwa E., Chemura A., Bartels P., Makuza S.M. and Madiri T.H. (2016) Habitat heterogeneity variably influences habitat selection by wild herbivores in a semi-arid tropical savanna ecosystem. PLoS ONE,11(9):e0163084
  5. Muposhi V.K., Gandiwa E., Makuza S.M., and Bartels P. (2016) Trophy hunting and perceived risk in closed ecosystems: flight behaviour of three gregarious African ungulates in a semi-arid tropical savanna. Austral Ecology, 41, 809–818
  6. Muposhi V.K., Chademana T., Gandiwa E. and Muboko N. (2016) Edge effects: impact of anthropogenic activities on vegetation structure and diversity in western Umfurudzi Park, Zimbabwe. African Journal of Ecology, 54(4), 450-45
  7. Muposhi, V.K., Utete B., Sithole-Niang, I and Mukangenyama S. (2015) Active biomonitoring of a subtropical river using glutathione-S-transferase (GST) and heat shock proteins (HSP 70) in Oreochromis niloticus as surrogate biomarkers of metal contamination. Water SA, 41 (3): 425-431
  8. Muposhi, V. K., Chinyandura, A., Gandiwa, E., Muvengwi, J., Muboko, N., Taru, P. and Kupika, O. L. 2014. Post-release monitoring of diet profile and diet quality of reintroduced African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) in Umfurudzi Park, Zimbabwe. Tropical Conservation Science, 7 (3): 440-456