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Meet The Team

GMERC team - Jan2024

2024

Judi Mbayuwayu

Judi Mbayuwayu

Project Manager

Ivorda Mhakilicha

Ivorda Mhakilicha

Deputy Research Coordinator

Ramadhani Tumaini

Ramadhani Tumaini

Monkey Project Leader

Shedrack Lukas

Shedrack Lukas

Theresia Michael

Theresia Michael

Cook

Joram Lazaro

Joram Lazaro

Researcher

Mwarabu Ndoroki

Mwarabu Ndoroki

Elias Juma

Elias Juma

Jenipher Kisimba

Jenipher Kisimba

Edward Swai

Edward Swai

Butterfly specialist

Jeremiah Lyimo

Jeremiah Lyimo

Reptile specialist

Mecktilda Charles

Mecktilda Charles

2024 Primate Intern

Juma Hussein

Juma Hussein

Cook

Team GMERC (credit: Cosmas Mp[ongo/GMERC)

Team GMERC (credit: Cosmas Mp[ongo/GMERC)

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In Their Words

Use the audio bars to hear what our team have to say!

All audio is in their native language, KiSwahili.

I was selected by my village to train and learn at Pasiansi Wildlife Institute in Mwanza

 Mariana describes her path to becoming a village forest scout 

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Shedrack Lukas (left) on the history of GMERC, from the very origins in 2008!

When we began, there were only 5 of us, Alex, Fiona, and 2 of my colleagues.

We were a very small team in those days.

Mashaka Alimas (right) on his personal journey and how he ended up with GMERC back in 2011

I began work with chimpanzees on Kalobwe Mountain, near my village. In the early days, we used bananas to habituate chimpanzees. We learned since then that there are dangers to provisioning, and in time they can learn to tolerate researcher presence, like at Issa.

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The forests is critical. Without the forests, there are no animals, there are no plants. Wildlife and people rely on these forests, these plants, these resources. In short, without the forests, there is no life.

Yahya Abeid (centre, front row)- a botanist who has worked in the Issa Valley since 1999 - describes the importance of botany to forest conservation

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