Ishmael N. Makamba, (BVSc)

Research Veterinarian

(2017 – Present) Ishmael was awarded with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree in 2012 from the University of Zimbabwe. He joined a mixed animal practice and began to work closely with the National Parks Authority and Animal welfare organizations helping with rescue of snared and injured wildlife. This was to be the beginning of his journey in Wildlife conservation medicine.

In 2015, Ishmael volunteered for Painted Dog Conservation, Zimbabwe domestic dog vaccination and de-sexing campaign in collaboration with Veterinarians from Wildlife Vets International. He then underwent training in African game capture and dangerous drugs handling at Malilangwe Trust Conservancy in Zimbabwe in February 2016 and later joined Painted Dog Conservation in 2016 on a full time basis as the Rehabilitation Veterinarian. He was responsible for the immobilization and treatment of sick and injured African Painted Dogs in the wild as well as being responsible for the welfare of the resident Painted dogs. Other responsibilities included placement of collars for purposes of tracking and monitoring vulnerable Painted dog packs in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

Ishmael joined CCF in May 2017 as a Research Veterinarian focusing on Human Wildlife Conflict mitigation particularly large carnivores and communal animal health with emphasis on One- Health projects particularly zoonotic diseases in livestock in rural communities, Inter-grated Wildlife and Livestock management programs, providing basic livestock Veterinary care as well as being a stand in Veterinarian for the CCF Vet Clinic.