Wildlife-Livestock Conflict and Biosecurity: Case studies from Tanzania and Namibia


Program Description:

I was told by a friend, "once you’ve been to Africa you will never be cured". When I asked what he meant, his only reply was "you’ll see". I must admit my initial reaction (back in 1995) was that I would carry some deadly disease for the rest of my life. While this is certainly possible, I’ve found that with some preliminary planning, preventative vaccinations and basic precautions you can remain disease free, even under the most challenging environments. What I have not been cured of after spending nearly 2 years in Africa is the desire to listen again to the wild sounds of the Africa night or to spend just one more night with my Maasai friends feasting on a roasted goat. I never seem to find enough time for walking across the African savannah with zebras, ostriches or wildebeest just a few hundred yards away. Africa offers some of the most amazing opportunities to see and interact with wildlife, but it also offers a chance to see some of the most dreaded livestock diseases up close and provides some of the most interesting examples of the importance of biosecurity. Come hear about opportunities, disease and adventure in Africa.


Drew Conroy

Dr. Drew Conroy was raised on a small dairy and livestock farm in New Hampshire. He holds a B.S. Degree in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire, a Masters Degree in Agriculture from Northwest Missouri State University, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from UNH. Broadly trained in agriculture Professor Conroy teaches Animal and Dairy Science courses at the University of New Hampshire. He frequently lectures in Environmental Conservation and Anthropology courses and has also taught a course called Environment and Society. He is a registered professional animal scientist for beef cattle and dairy cattle, and is one of the foremost authorities on draft oxen in North America. He has written three books, nearly 100 hundred articles, produced 5 educational videos, been featured in 2 major motion pictures, consulted for numerous television stations assisting with documentaries on draft animals. In addition, he has conducted workshops all over the world on the subject of ox training, yoking and using oxen in both historic and contemporary settings. Professor Conroy conducts primarily field research in Eastern and Southern Africa. His work has most recently been with farmers and livestock herders facing challenges from Land Use Change and Wildlife conflicts in Tanzania, Uganda and Namibia.

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