The School of Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation was formerly established in January of 2014 and is the youngest Faculty in the University. It was borne out of a vibrant department (formerly Wildlife and Safari Management) which grew in expertise and outputs beyond the seams of a department to become a fully fledged School. The School therefore showcases quite a diverse range of disciplines in the areas of aquatic ecology, conservation, freshwater and fishery sciences, natural resources management and conflict resolution, ornithology, terrestrial ecology and more.
We are pleased to offer two degree programs which are unique, tailor-made and innovative in their crafting. This is because nowhere else in Zimbabwe are these programs offered and this was deliberately cast in order to fill a specific niche in the industry which is to conserve, sustainably manage and utilise our biodiversity and natural resources. The degree programs are Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation (revised form of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Wildlife and Safari Management) and Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Freshwater and Fishery Sciences; both of these are full time programs. In addition, we will run the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree program in Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation as a block release program from January of 2015.
Our graduates can work as aqua culturists, ecologists, environmental consultants, community development workers, conservation biologists, game breeders, natural resources monitors, ornithologists, wildlife entrepreneurs, restoration ecology projects managers and policy makers. Potential work placements are universities, research institutions, local and international non-profit environmental organizations, trans-frontier parks, game parks, aquaculture and fisheries companies, crocodile farms, fishing cooperatives, conservancies and sanctuaries, catchment councils, water focused government departments like the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), Ministries of Environment and Climate Change, Water and Sanitation Development, Rural and Urban Planning as well as national parks, or join the academia field in the country and the region's several and diverse universities.
The school boasts of an ambitious and vibrant team of scholars and support staff whose research work and output is unprecedented. Young as we are, the school had the highest number of publications across the university in 2013. The staff profiles which are highlighted within the School web pages attest to the staff's accolades and achievements.
In addition, state of the art laboratory facilities are being constructed while equipment and supplies have and are continuously being purchased to cater for the practical teaching and learning as well as research components. These are being supported by not only the University's funds but past and ongoing research projects. These projects include prestigious awards from such research funders as the Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), the International Foundation for Science (IFS), the British Ecological Society (BES), the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and Oxfam GB, among others. The School is also in partnership and collaborates with strategic partners which include the World Universities Biodiversity Forum, Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority, Birdlife Zimbabwe, Wildlife and Environment Zimbabwe, Umfurudzi Park, Pioneer, Hurungwe Safaris, Ubuntu Unleashed, East African Lakes Observatory Network with representations on several national boards such as Zimbabwe National Biodiversity Forum, the UNDP Equator Initiative Prize Technical Review Committee, the World Commission on Protected Areas (WPCA) and the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB).
We look forward to every prospective student joining us and that your journey with us will be fruitful