Chris Foggin

Dr. Chris Foggin

Chris was born in Salisbury (now Harare), Zimbabwe, in 1947. After undertaking a first year BSc at Cape Town University in 1966, he was accepted into the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria, South Africa and completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree there in 1970. After five years in private, mixed veterinary practice in Zimbabwe and UK, he joined the Veterinary Research Laboratory (now the Central Veterinary Laboratory), in the Ministry of Agriculture in February 1976. He remained in the Government Veterinary Services from that date until his age-compulsory retirement in August 2012.

In 1989, the Wildlife Veterinary Unit (WVU) was formed within the Department of Veterinary Services, in response to a rapidly expanding wildlife industry in Zimbabwe. Dr. Foggin was appointed Head of this Unit, a position that he held until his retirement. This Unit remains responsible for wildlife diagnostic, regulatory, extension, research and conservation veterinary medicine work throughout Zimbabwe’s commercial wildlife properties, including wildlife conservancies, as well as within the Parks and Wildlife Estate. Dr. Foggin was the veterinarian attending to rhino veterinary requirements during the period 1996-2010. In this work, he had to perform some 1400 field immobilizations of black and white rhino for routine management operations as well as for translocations and treatments of snares and other injuries.

Dr. Foggin lectured in his first drugs course in 1980 and has attended every year since (33 years). Dr. Foggin was largely responsible for the organization of the Course, on behalf of the ZVA Wildlife Group, with volunteer conveners (e.g. Janine Honywill, Astrid Huelin, Roxy Danckwerts and Lorna York) from the 1990s to 2012. The Course has always been run in a relaxed atmosphere with good social bonding between lecturers and students, and year-to-year changes have been made in view of the lessons learned. The use of the Malilangwe venue has been the one major change that turned it from being a largely theoretical course to a highly practical one. Dr. Foggin, as a true “silver-back” and stalwart of the course, has been instrumental in bringing the course to its current status: diverse, professional, truly international and immensely practical.

Dr Foggin is the Course Chairman and Principal.

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Dr. Columbus Chaitezvi

Dr Chaitezvi holds a BVSc degree from the University of Zimbabwe with a post-graduate certificate on High Impact Diseases of Livestock from Onderstepoort. He attended the CPWRA course in 2012 and has been a “Dangerous Drug Licensee” ever since. Dr Chaitezvi sits on the ZVA Wildlife Group committee, which administers Dangerous Drugs Licenses in Zimbabwe.

Following 5 years as the Chief Veterinary Officer of the Zimbabwe Wildlife Veterinary Unit (WVU) in the Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services, Dr Chaitezvi is currently the Chief Wildlife Veterinary Officer for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. Prior to this he worked as a Government Veterinary Officer (GVO) in various provinces.

The Zim-Parks Veterinary Unit provides support to the Course of which Columbus is an integral part as a senior lecturer and practical instructor.

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Dr. Chap Masterson

Chap was born and raised in Zimbabwe with a livestock and game ranching background. He graduated from Vet school at Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria in 2001, before working as a wildlife veterinarian in South Africa through to 2011. He then moved back to Zimbabwe with his family as the veterinarian for the Lowveld Rhino Trust as the “International Rhino Foundation  African Rhino Veterinarian”.

Aside from being Coordinating the Malilangwe Course in Chemical and Physical Restraint of Wildlife, Chap established WILD-Africa.org in 2012 to support community-led conservation partnerships and natural resource management in the Great Limpopo Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (GL-TFCA). In partnership with communities, the Gonarezhou Conservation Trust and others, WILD-Africa.org has developed and is in the process of developing a number of novel community-owned conservation enterprises and conservancies in the region as the next step in community led conservation in Zimbabwe. The organisation is also involved in supporting communities and law enforcement to combat wildlife crime and supporting resilient livelihoods training, environmental education and human-wildlife-conflict mitigation in all community sectors around Gonarezhou National Park.

Mike Kock

Dr. Mike Kock

Born in South Africa but raised in Zimbabwe, Mike qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London University, UK in 1976. He has been involved in the Zimbabwe Wildlife Capture course for 20 + years, not as long as Dr. Chris Foggin but they can count themselves as amongst the “silverbacks”! Dr. Kock has been a wildlife veterinarian for over 32 years and this experience is put to good use at the course. He is senior Editor of the manual “Chemical and Physical Restraint of Wild Animals” along with Dr. Richard Burroughs. The seed for this manual was sown in the early days of the Zimbabwe course, and the manual and its contents have been nurtured by the course and individual experiences by other wildlife veterinarians, over the last 20 years. This is an excellent course and Mike feels it is a privilege to be involved, especially interacting with other colleagues who have a wealth of wildlife experience and stories! Over the years the course participants have increased in diversity ranging from colleagues from Kenya through to China – this places the Zimbabwe Course apart from other similar courses in Africa and gives Mike immense pleasure to see the course mature in this way.

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Dr. Markus Hofmeyr

Markus is the second youngest member of the Capture Course team. He graduated from Onderstepoort, starting his career fiddling with exotic animals at the Teaching Hospital. Locum employment on domestic animals was followed by 4 months in Canada learning how the far north do wildlife and domestic animal veterinary work. Soon thereafter, he was employed in the Madikwe Game Reserve, initially to manage and monitor predator introductions, then as field ecologist. Markus also carried out all the vet work for North West Parks during this time. He was part of Operation Phoenix, the largest translocation of wildlife done to date to one location (27 species, 8200 animals), to Pilansberg National Park. Markus joined SANParks in 1999, starting as junior vet in Kruger and working his way up to be Head of the Veterinary Wildlife Services, based in Kruger National Park. Dr. Hofmeyr is currently Chairperson of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park Veterinary subcommittee.

Markus’s main roles at the course:

  1. Supply funny videos,
  2. Lecture on species and
  3. Add to other lectures and learn from everyone there.

He is a pivotal person with regards practical (joking) training of students at the course.

Dave Cooper

Dr. Dave Cooper

After a short stint as a student in the Kruger National Park, Dave qualified as a Veterinarian at Onderstepoort in 1981. At that time the Game Industry was still in its infancy and after unsuccessfully applying for a position with various formal Conservation agencies in Southern Africa, he resigned himself to mixed animal practice in the Eastern Cape. In 1993, Dave’s ambition to work exclusively with wildlife was finally realized when he joined the then Natal Parks Board as a wildlife veterinarian, a dream come true! Dave still holds that position in what is now known as Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Ezemvelo annually capture and translocate a range of different species from a dozen different reserves in Kwa Zulu Natal (KZN). These reserves stretch from the Drakensburg Mountains into the savannah and coastal plains of Northern KZN. One of his major functions is to contribute towards game capture operations and to assist in setting standards for all aspects pertaining to the immobilization, capture, holding in captivity and transportation of game animals. Of special interest are black rhino and a more recent highlight has been Dave’s involvement in the relocation of over 150 black rhino to nine different localities as part of the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion program. Other activities include the implementation of disease surveillance programs, facilitating and implementing research and monitoring programs, providing training for undergrad and post grad veterinary students, and the treatment of priority species usually injured due to human intervention. Of special mention was a consultancy to the Madhya Pradesh (India) Forestry Department, which involved the training and development of a Veterinary component that culminated in the historic relocation of 50 Gaur (Bos gaurus gaurus) from Kanha National Park to Bandhavgarh National Park.

Dave’s role in the Zimbabwe drugs course is to lecture on a few of the key species and focus on applying the theoretical knowledge to the more practical aspects of wildlife immobilization and capture. He has been involved in the course for several years.

Dr. Carl Heinz Moeller

Carl-Heinz was born in Windhoek, Namibia in March 1982 and qualified as a Veterinarian from Onderstepoort in 2007. After a couple of years in mixed animal practice CH joined a private Game capture Team for one year and worked as a wildlife consultant for 2 years. In 2014 CH joined the Parks and Wildlife Department at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, firstly as the Veterinarian for Etosha National Park and from 2017 as the Chief Pilot. CH enjoys all aspects of game capture and has a special interest in wildlife anaesthesia.

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Dr. Richard Hoare

Richard qualified as a veterinarian at the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort in 1978. His first job was with the Government Veterinary Service (Zimbabwe) based in Bulawayo and then private practice in Gaborone, Botswana. After this he moved into the wildlife field by doing a Masters degree in wildlife management in the UK (1988) and this kick-started a career in wildlife research. Following this, he worked in Kenya and then in Zimbabwe associated with the CAMPFIRE (Communal Area Management Program for Indigenous Resources) program, assisting districts with devolved wildlife authority to research and manage problem animals. During this time Richard completed a PhD in zoology at the University of Zimbabwe (1997). After a period as a private consultant based in Zimbabwe, especially working on human-elephant conflict issues across Africa, he moved to Tanzania. From 2004 -2013, Richard managed the only externally funded veterinary wildlife program in that country and a research laboratory in Serengeti National Park (www.wildlifevetprogramme.or.tz). In mid 2013, he returned to Zimbabwe. Richard first attended the wildlife capture course in 1992 when it was held in Harare. In the mid-1990s, he was chairman of the ZVA WLG (Zimbabwe Veterinary Association Wildlife Group) and negotiated Zimbabwe’s present dangerous drugs licensing scheme with the Medical Control Authority (1999). Once operations moved to Malilangwe in 2000, he attended several courses helping with student selection, organization, and practical work demonstrations and examining.

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Joshua Mostert

Josh was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1980. He comes from a family with a strong conservation background in Southern Africa and growing up on the farm Joshua always had dreams of one day becoming a Game Ranger/Wildlife Conservationist. He also had a desire to become a Veterinarian but had never been able to pursue it. In early 2006, Josh decided to go touring overseas, which is where he met Mike La Grange in the UK. After spending a few months overseas, he returned to Africa via Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and finally Zimbabwe. Upon arriving in Zimbabwe in late 2006, Josh became keenly involved in the newly formed AWMC (African Wildlife Management & Conservation) and he has been with the company ever since. Josh is now a company director and shareholder. He is also interested in Human Wildlife Conflict and Problem Animal Control and has worked on various related projects with a number of NGO′s in Zimbabwe. He has been involved with the Dangerous Drug’s Course since he first came to Zimbabwe in 2006. Josh is married to Jacque La Grange and they both hold strong Christian values living with their children on a small farm just outside Harare.

Pete Morkel

Dr. Pete Morkel

Pete was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in that country. He qualified as a Veterinarian in 1984 from Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Starting in 1986, Pete was with the Game Capture Team of the Directorate of Nature Conservation in Namibia for 4 years and then 2 years as wildlife vet in Etosha National Park. He then worked as a private wildlife vet in Namibia for two years before moving to Kimberley in South Africa in 1994. His new position was with South African National Parks (SANParks) as wildlife veterinarian for all the protected areas in South Africa, excluding Kruger NP. After seven and a half years in that position, Pete worked one year as a private wildlife veterinarian before moving to Tanzania in 2002 to run the rhino project in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania for six years for Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS). Since then Pete has been doing freelance wildlife veterinary work based out of Kakamas in the Northern Cape in South Africa. Most of his experience is with the capture and translocation of large mammals particularly black rhino, of which he is recognized as a world expert. With his FZS and freelance work, Pete has travelled to sixteen African countries working on, for example, Giant sable in Angola to elephants in Zakouma NP in Chad. His interests lie in the physiology and pharmacology of immobilization, and Pete has been involved in the Zimbabwe Course since the early 1990s. He is one of the younger “silverbacks” of the course!

Mike la Grange

Mike la Grange

Mike was born and schooled in Mutare, Zimbabwe, living on a farm outside of town where he developed bush skills as a child. He went onto Gwebi Agricultural College and attained a Diploma in Agriculture. From there Mike joined the then Dept of Internal Affairs as an Agricultural officer where he spent more time dealing with Problem Animal Control (PAC) issues and setting up a small game project than farming. Mike finally transferred to the Dept of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) where he spent the next 18 years. Interestingly, Mike seemed destined to become involved with Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC) issues and he was responsible for developing new strategies to control quelea. During this time he attained a certificate in Field Ecology at the University of Zimbabwe. Finally, Mike was made in-charge of a fully integrated Management Unit within DWNP, dealing with all wildlife management issues that included culling and translocation. Perhaps Mike’s greatest strength was to think out of the box and this has led to many new management concepts/tools being developed, three of which have been patented. He was fortunate to be involved right from the start in the science of capture/translocation so Mike developed new technologies as he went on. He left Parks in 1990 and started his own capture company which he ran until 2007, handing it down to his sons and daughter, who still operate African Wildlife Management and Conservation (AWMC) today. While Mike remains a Director, he diverts his attentions more to HWC issues and continues innovate with new ideas through training programs mostly sponsored by NGO’s, for example, Ambero, SRN, FAO, EU, Red caps and CIRAD. Mike has written several books on capture and hunting ballistics: The Capture Care and Management of Wildlife, Ballistics in Perspective, the FAO Toolkit (HWC mitigation methods) as well as relevant chapters in the Chemical and Physical Restraint of Wildlife: Game Ranch Management; Physical Capture and Restraint of Animals and the Feathered Locust. Presently Mike is a consultant specialising in the management of wildlife in the area of capture and translocation, captive breeding and mitigating HWC at the agricultural/wildlife interface. He is currently researching and developing new techniques and strategies, for exampl,e the mhiripiribomber™ and ambushchillibomber™ to mitigate problem elephant at the wildlife/human/crop interface.

Mike through AWMC has been, along with his family, an integral and essential part of the CPRWA course. He has been part of a strong team where interesting and often new ideas have been put into practice, making the course unique where veterinarians and non vets operate well together as a team, understand and respect each other.

Nicholas la Grange

Nicholas la Grange (NJ)

NJ was born in July 1977 to Mike and Cathy la Grange. Mike was working for the Department of Wildlife and National, which certainly gave rise to his interest in the bush and wildlife. When NJ saw the first helicopter that was used for game capture, he instantly knew what he wanted to do – become a helicopter pilot! Many years later the dream was realized and NJ currently flies for the family business, which has changed over the years to become what is now known as African Wildlife Management & Conservation (AWMC).

The team also consists of Mike, Josh Mostert, Jacque la Grange (NJ’s sister, who is a wildlife vet) and Chris Brice, as well as a small number of dedicated staff. The AWMC team has been involved in the Malilangwe Course in Chemical and Physical Restraint of African Wildlife since its inception and NJ has provided both helicopter and ground support.

Ruth Dabbs

Ruth Dabbs

Ruth Dabbs is a Registered General Nurse who did her training at Bristol Royal Infirmary in the UK. She is a Founder Member of MARS (Medical Air Rescue Service) and studied and worked on the Basic Ambulance Course for one year before pursuing a career as wife and mother. Ruth is still the MARS Emergency contact person for the Lowveld. In 2010, Ruth started working at The Malilangwe Trust as a medic, where she also does first aid training and demonstrations to the staff of The Malilangwe Trust and the participants of the annual Dangerous Drugs course.