Kudzi Habitat - (C) John Ramatsui

Kudzanai Dhliwayo

  • Project name: Current status, breeding ecology and threats of vultures in the South-East Lowveld.
  • Project site: Gonarezhou National Park
  • EDGE species: Lappet-faced vulture, Torgos tracheliotos
  • Active: 2020 - ongoing

Biography

Alongside her PhD at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Kudzanai has been employed as the assistant curator in the ornithology department at the Natural History Museum in Zimbabwe since 2015.

Kudzanai hopes that the Fellowship will help her gain the confidence she needs to be able to speak in front of audiences and be a voice for the vultures. She would like to gain additional knowledge and skills which will enable her to become a better ecologist, as well as additional training in GIS and statistics.

EDGE Project

Kudzanai’s project aims to describe the knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and cultural value of vultures to local communities living in the communal areas of Gonarezhou National Park, as well as the ecology and status of vultures in this area.

Her objectives are to:

• Explore local communities’ knowledge of vultures, reporting information regarding the beliefs and cultural uses of vultures and their body parts;
• Quantify the attitudes that communal people have towards vultures, and how they value the services that vultures provide;
• Assess the main threats to vultures in the communal areas by asking locals to report on any vulture mortalities that they have witnessed;
• Investigate the (i) breeding habitat type and nest trees utilised by vultures, and (ii) their breeding success.

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