RUVUMA RIVER EXPEDITION TEAM
Biologist and conservationist JOHN (JO) ANDERSON moved to East Africa in 1995 shortly after graduating from Oxford University. He has since conducted wildlife research and environmental work throughout East Africa, has guided climbs of Mount Kilimanjaro more than 50 times, and has lead specialist travel groups on safaris in Tanzania, Kenya. Rwanda, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia. Jo is a founding partner in Carbon Tanzania, which recently became the first organization in Tanzania to develop a community-led forest-based carbon offset project, working with the hunter-gatherer Hadza people of Northern Tanzania. He lives with his wife and two children in Arusha, Northern Tanzania. Jo is the author of this week’s article about the pioneering Ruvuma River Expedition THROUGH A LAND OF GIANTS.
Mammal Specialist ALESSANDRA SORESINA has worked on a number of wildlife projects around the world. In Saadani Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania, she was involved in a mammal monitoring project which led to Saadani being upgraded to a National Park. In 2001 she setup the lion project in Tarangire National Park, northern Tanzania, and for over 5 years Alessandra has concentrated her efforts on lion – human interactions. In this time she has made a huge contribution to what is known about lions in and around the Tarangire ecosystem. One of her major goals was implementing the radio-tracking program in Tarangire, which has allowed conservationists and national park management to fully understand lion movements in the Tarangire ecosystem. After setting up a snow leopard project in the Himalayas with the Università degli Studi di Siena, she is now involved in mammal monitoring projects in Mozambique, Tanzania, Gabon and Botswana which are essential to the implementation of new protected areas.
Bird Specialist MARC BAKER is the owner and director of Ecological Initiatives Ltd, a Tanzanian company working on supporting forestry and wildlife conservation in Tanzania. Based in Arusha, Marc has worked in conservation and ecotourism since 1998. Initially as an ornithologist for the United Nations Development Program – Global Environmental Fund cross border biodiversity project from 1998 – 2000 conducting a range of biodiversity surveys in Tanzania and Kenya. As a wildlife specialist Marc works on a wide variety of ecological issues, such as wildlife management, out of protected area tourism viability and carbon forestry for Danida (Danish Development Agency), Care International, the Wildlife Division of Tanzania and the Tanzania bird atlas.
Adventure sport specialist GIAN SCHAUCHERMANN holds a degree in ecology and fisheries management. Gian has worked on Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria, and built bushcamps in Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks. He also spent a great deal of time in the remote areas of Loliondo, where he has guided walking safaris and captured some of the finest wild dog photographs. Gian has formal training and certification as a walking safari guide, is a member of the Interpretive Guides Society, and has a pure love of adventure. In his free time, Gian can be found building canoes in his backyard, climbing volcanoes, or adventuring across Tanzania on his motorbike or paramotor.