Ecologist (Msc. Ecology)
(January 2016 – present)
Tarik is a landscape ecologist interested in ecosystem function, biodiversity conservation, zoology and botany, human-wildlife conflict and illegal wildlife trade and law enforcement. He obtained his Bsc. Honours at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa, with majors in Botany and Entomology. He worked as a Priority Species Monitor for the state-run conservation body Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) for 3 years before returning to UKZN to complete his MSc. thesis on elephant spatial use in fenced game reserves. From 2011 to 2015 he was employed as Senior Ecologist for the Isimangaliso Wetland Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Here he worked mainly on large mammal ecology including substantial time on threatened species monitoring and management (elephants, rhino, wild dog, lion, leopard, vultures). He was responsible for coordinating multiple ecology projects at the reserve and landscape scale including game counts, vegetation monitoring, elephant contraception, lion and wild dog introductions and various camera-trapping projects on small mammals, leopard (in collaboration with Panthera) and black rhino.
He was also at the cutting edge of coordinating and implementing projects as part of anti-poaching and law enforcement initiatives, particularly regarding rhino poaching and bushmeat snaring. He was part of the “Cybertracker” team at EKZNW, and was heavily involved in using recent technologies to facilitate law enforcement efforts in various protected areas.
Tarik joins CCF as an assistant ecologist and hope to use his field experience to drive the company forward. He will be focusing mainly on landscape level ecology and human-animal conflict projects, as well as assisting the team at CCF with managing the property.