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Victor K Muposhi

Victor K Muposhi

DPhil, MSc

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February 2018 - present
Chinhoyi University of Technology
Position
  • Head of Faculty
January 2018 - present
Chinhoyi University of Technology
Position
  • Master's Student
April 2017 - present
Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
September 2012 - August 2016
Chinhoyi University of Technology
Field of study
  • Conservation Biology
September 2007 - May 2009
Bindura University
Field of study
  • Conservation Biology
August 2001 - July 2005
Bindura University
Field of study
  • Environmental Sciences

Publications

Publications (49)
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Background and Research Aims Globally, concerns over a decline in insect pollinator abundance have been raised. Although bees were noted to be key pollinating agents for approximately 52 of the leading 115 global food commodities, they are currently exposed to risks ranging from a variety of diseases and environmental threats emanating from changes...
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Abstract The complexity and magnitude of threats to black (Diceros bicornis) and white (Ceratotherium simum) rhinoceros conservation in Africa have triggered global concerns and actions. In this study, we analyzed (i) threats to rhinoceros conservation including external shocks, (ii) historical rhinoceros conservation strategies in Zimbabwe and Afr...
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Knowledge of competition dynamics among Africa’s large carnivores is important for conservation. However, investigating carnivore behaviour in the field can be challenging especially for species that are difficult to access. Methods that enable remote collection of data provide a means of recording natural behaviour and are therefore useful for stu...
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A comparative study was conducted to assess the trapping success, rodent-flea diversity and association in Nkayi and Umzingwane districts. Rodents were captured utilizing 90 Sherman live traps per a given village in April and August, 2017, for a period spanning 24 days and a total of 154 rodents were captured. Rodent trapping success was significan...
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This paper aims at provoking broad-based dialogues and debates on ways and means of securing Africa’s health sovereignty. It argues that health sovereignty is about the realization of specific national constitutional and policy objectives on citizens’ access to and enjoyment of good health, resilient to COVID-19 and related disease pandemics. The p...
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It is nearly three decades since the world recognized the need for a global multilateral treaty aiming to address accelerating biodiversity loss. However, biodiversity continues to decline at a concerning rate. Drawing on lessons from the implementation of the current strategic plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the 2010 Aichi Targe...
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Amongst Africa's large predators, leopards (Panthera pardus) are arguably the most elusive carnivore. Information on the species is lacking in most areas where they are found. This is because leopards are largely solitary, cryptically coloured and nocturnal making the collection of accurate population data difficult. As a result, population estimat...
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Measurement of body dimensions of carnivores usually requires the chemical immobilization of subjects. This process can be dangerous, costly and potentially harmful to the target individuals. Development of an alternative, inexpensive, and non-invasive method therefore warrants attention. The objective of this study was to test whether it is possib...
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This study assessed the population density and structure of marula (Sclerocarya birrea) in the Gonarezhou National Park (GNP) and adjacent areas, southeast Zimbabwe. Data were collected from 15 belt transects using a stratified random sampling technique (with study sites located in the northwestern Gonarezhou National Park, adjacent communal and re...
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Minimum tillage (MT) under conservation agriculture (CA), fertiliser application and weeding frequency influence weed seed-bank dynamics in cropping systems. A study was conducted at the Chinhoyi University of Technology farm, Zimbabwe during the 2014/15 and 2015/16 cropping seasons to investigate the influence of tillage, fertiliser and weeding on...
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Developing harvest management strategies in designated hunting areas requires systematic and robust monitoring. We assessed the trophy size, quota utilization, and distribution of kill sites of African elephant, Cape buffalo, greater kudu, and leopard for the period 2007-2014 in Malapati Safari Area, southeast Zimbabwe. Trophy sizes for African ele...
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The use of baits at camera trap stations has been shown to increase capture rates in population surveys of large carnivores. This study set out to establish the most cost-effective density and duration of sampling for baited-camera trapping (BCT) of leopards in a semi-arid savanna environment. To determine this, we used batches of 30 BCT stations (...
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An assessment of rodent diversity and prevalence of plague bacterium (Yersinia pestis) among captured rodents in villages at Umzingwane and Nkayi districts, Zimbabwe was conducted in April 2018. The objectives of the study were to determine and compare the diversity of rodent species in the two districts. Further on the study determined and compare...
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An assessment of rodent diversity and prevalence of plague bacterium (Yersinia pestis) among captured rodents in villages at Umzingwane and Nkayi districts, Zimbabwe was conducted in April 2018. The objectives of the study were to determine and compare the diversity of rodent species in the two districts. Further on the study determined and compare...
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Understanding the diet of herbivores is a crucial factor for the management of wild animals in natural ecosystems. The aim of this study was to establish the forage selection by the greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) in different seasons in Garura communal area management programme for indigenous resources (CAMPFIRE) project adjacent to Umfuru...
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Most spiders are generalist predators and important biological control agents of various insect pests of agricultural crops. A study was conducted to determine the impact of cultural practices on the abundnace and diversity of soil surface-dwelling spiders (Araneae). Two experiments were conducted at the Chinhoyi University of Technology experiment...
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Soil dwelling beetles contribute greatly to biodiversity and offer important services in agroecosystems including predation, weed herbivory and decomposition. An experiment was conducted in the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 cropping seasons at Chinhoyi University of Technology experiment station, Zimbabwe, to investigate the impact of tillage system (con...
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The study investigated the impact of tillage, mulching and weeding intensity on vertical distribution of the weed seeds after 3 years of continuous maize. An experiment was conducted at Chinhoyi University of Technology experimental farm in a split-split plot randomized complete block design with three replications. Soil sampling for weed seedbank...
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Conservation agriculture (CA) based on the principles of minimum soil disturbance, crop residue retention, and crop rotation has been the focus of intensive research in recent years. A study was carried out to determine the effects of tillage and fertilizer on the population densities of plant-parasitic nematodes in maize. Three tillage regimes, (i...
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Availability of information on the host preferences, temporal distribution and interaction of two oxpecker species, Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus), and the Yellow-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus), with wild ungulates provides an important understanding of oxpeckers’ biology vital to their conservation. Host preferences, temporal...
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Although the contribution of trophy hunting as a conservation tool is widely recognised, there is perpetual debate and polarization on its sustainability. This review integrates five themes mostly considered in isolation, as independent research fields in wildlife conservation: (1) trophy quality and population ecology of hunted species, (2) behavi...
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Harvesting patterns of selected herbivores in Matetsi Safari Area, Zimbabwe. (XLSX)
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Trophy size and age at harvest of selected herbivores in Matetsi Safari Area, Zimbabwe. (XLSX)
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Presence only data for four wild herbivores collected using road counts for the years 2006 and 2010. (TXT)
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The coefficient of determination (R2) and the variance inflation factor (VIF) of the four environmental variables used in the model. (DOCX)
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Understanding the patterns and intensity of anthropogenic impacts on habitats is important in the conservation of tropical ecosystems. The aim of the study was to establish the associated edge effects of anthropogenic disturbances on vegetation in western Umfurudzi Park, Zimbabwe. Three study strata were established using distance from the boundary...
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Tourists visiting protected areas for leisure often have perceptions based on pre-conceived knowledge and awareness about wildlife conservation obtained through various media. However, these perceptions are rarely tapped into for management and policy reviews. To understand tourists' perceptions on conservation, we surveyed 76 tourists in Hwange Na...
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The aim of this study was to assess the vegetation structure and composition of the nesting sites of white-browed sparrow weaver (Plocepasser mahali pectoralis) in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. We used a random systematic sampling approach and belt transects were set along the four common roads mainly used in wildlife road surveys in Mana Poo...
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The aim of this study was to establish the level of water quality impairment along a mine effluent receiving river, Pote River in Zimbabwe, using Oreochromis niloticus (Nile tilapia) as an indicator organism. Glutathione-S-transferase (GST) enzyme and heat shock proteins (HSP 70) expression in the stomach tissue of Nile tilapia were used as biomark...
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Vegetation assessments are critical in the status and success of reintroduction programs and are an important aspect in ecological restoration. Vegetation structure and composition influences the suitability and availability of unique habitats for different wildlife species. The objectives of this study were to (1) establish the vegetation structur...
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Post-release monitoring of wildlife is essential to the success of ecological restoration initiatives. Translocation of wildlife to new ecosystems is associated with changes in diet profiles of individuals and ultimately animal performance, since productivity of rangelands varies in time and space. The population decline and local extinction of buf...
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The important role indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) is described in redefining the biodiversity conservation agenda of the Chibememe and Tshovani communities in the Sangwe Communal Lands, Chiredzi, in the management of dryland ecosystems of the southeastern low veld of Zimbabwe. These communities constitute part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier...
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Our study focused on the effects of wood poaching on the vegetation structure and composition in Mukuvisi Woodland, Zimbabwe. Mukuvisi Woodland, located within the precincts of Harare urban area, Zimbabwe, suf-fers from high illegal wood utilization pressure stemming from the need to fulfill alternative energy demands created by persistent electric...
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In African Lions Panthera leo, human imprinting was suggested as one option of pre-release training of orphaned cubs, but success of this option has rarely been explored. This study assesses the success of human imprinting on captive-bred lion cubs at Antelope Park in Gweru, Zimbabwe. Activity diversity, activity budgets and response to non-wild ob...
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Activity pattern plasticity in ungulates serves as an evolutionary adaptation to optimize fitness in inconsistent environments. Given that time is a limited and valuable resource for foraging wildlife species, provisioning and attraction may affect the activity pattern plasticity and reduce complexitiesof time partitioning for different activitiesby i...
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The study investigated the efficacy of 17-α methyl testosterone hormone in producing a mono male sex population in Oreochromis niloticus fry under tropical conditions in ponds in Zimbabwe. Fry were randomly stocked in ten fry tanks at 15000 fry per tank. Five randomly selected tanks received androgenised feed with 17- α methyl testosterone (M T hor...
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There has been a continuous decline in the catches of Limnothrissa miodon in Lake Kariba since 1994. Given the value and contribution of this sardine in the GDP (gross domestic product) of Zimbabwe, research on its ecology becomes vital. The diet composition of L. miodon in the Sanyati basin of Lake Kariba was explored using numerical and frequency...

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Most studies show that trophy quality of some key 'preferred' species by trophy hunters seem to be declining. Would this affect the attractiveness of a hunting destination!
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Botswana and Zambia are moving forward with trophy hunting bans. Is it good for conservation in southern Africa?
Will ecotourism and non consumptive forms contribute significantly to the conservation than the former given the economic woes most southern African countries are facing?
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Need blood samples weekly for hormonal studies (reproductive physiology)

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The research broadens the scope on baited-camera trapping, a developing and promising methodology in censusing boldly marked carnivores. The work addresses the following areas: (i) determining the optimal and cost-efficient level of sampling when censusing leopards, (ii) testing the feasibility of collecting leopard morphometrics from camera trap photographs, (iii) investigating leopard behavior at bait sites and (iv) exploring ranging behavior and space use in leopards.
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1. To quantify the impact of herbivory intensity and human activities on woody vegetation across a protection gradient in south eastern Zimbabwe. 2. To analyze land-cover and land-use changes over time across a protection gradient in south eastern Zimbabwe 3. to predict future habitat status under varying scenarios across a protection gradient in south eastern Zimbabwe