To achieve our holistic goal ALERT relies on the input of a large group of people, providing technical or financial expertise, operational and logistical skill, or funding and media know-how.  Only through the dedication and varied opinion and experience of those that contribute to the success of our programs can we devise and implement the innovative solutions needed to achieve our vision.

Our team comprise staff (below) as well as our patron and trustees all of which help to make ALERT who we are.

Dr. Norman Monks
Chief Executive Officer

Norman joined ALERT in February 2014 as Director of Conservation, taking over as CEO in 2015.  He holds an MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent in Canterbury, a Certificate in Industrial Environmental Management from Rhodes University, as well as a Doctorate in Wildlife Management from the University of the Free State. 

Norman’s MSc research study was entitled “The Population Status, Diurnal Activity Patterns, Range and Territory Size, and Habitat Use by the White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) in Kyle Recreational Park, Zimbabwe”.  His PhD study on lions was entitled “The Demography and Population Status of Lions (Panthera leo) in the Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.”

Norman’s 36 years of experience of working for the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority has included the management of the Authority’s Game Ranching Research Unit, Gonarezhou National Park, and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Mana Pools National Park and Matopos National Park.  He has overseen all aspects of management including tourism, law enforcement, conservation, research and administration.  Norman is a member of the African Lion Working Group and IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group.

In 2003 Norman was presented with the “Researcher of the Year” award by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and in 2005 he was awarded the “Conservationist of the Year” award by the Conservation division of Safari Club International for his conservation and management contribution during his long career in the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority of Zimbabwe.                                        

Dr. Norman Monks
Holly Pennington
Principal Researcher - Dambwa Release Pride, Livingstone, Zambia

Holly first joined ALERT in 2016 as a Wildlife Conservation Research intern in Zimbabwe, returning again the following year.  At the end of her second internship, Holly was asked to provide cover for the Ngamo release pride researcher for two weeks.  She officially joined the ALERT team in August 2017 as Principal Researcher of the Dambwa release pride.  Holly has a passion for conservation and wildlife and has completed several wildlife rehabilitation courses, along with volunteering as a Wildlife Rescuer and Rehabilitator in her native Australia. 




Angela Ferguson
Conservation Research Manager - Victoria Falls,

Angela officially joined ALERT in August 2017, although it was through spending time with an ALERT researcher conducting behavioural studies on the Ngamo release pride in 2010 that she decided to pursue a career in conservation.  She went on to complete a BSc in Biodiversity and Ecology at Stellenbosch University, as well as a BSc Honours in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Conservation Biology at the University of Cape Town.  Before joining ALERT, Angela worked as a conservation intern with an organisation in Limpopo, South Africa, focussed on Southern Ground-Hornbill conservation.  She is passionate about people and nature and believes that empowering people with knowledge and skills to be good stewards of the environment is key to the success of conservation. 

Rumbidzai Pamela Magwiro
Conservation Research Technician - Victoria Falls, 

Rumbidzai first joined ALERT in August 2015 as a research intern in Victoria Falls for a year during her undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences (Ecology) at the University of Zimbabwe.  She completed her studies in May 2017, attaining a first-class degree.  In August 2017, Rumbidzai officially joined the ALERT team as a Research Technician, focusing on Human Wildlife Conflict mitigation and conservation education.

Staben Porovha
Teacher at the ALERT Education Centre - Gweru, Zimbabwe

Staben joined the ALERT Education Centre in December 2012 and teaches students  "Conservation Basics".  Staben studied elements of conservation in his Physical and Human Geography subjects during his Advanced Levels in high school.  Next year, Staben plans to further his education and passion for conservation and will be attending university to study conservation related programs. Spending time with the children at the Boys Orphanage has inspired me to take up a certificate course in 'Community Based work with Children and Youth' at University of  Kwa-Zulu Natal. When not teaching at the AEC, Staben is also a role model and mentor for the boys at Midlands Children's Hope Centre where he assists the boys with their homework and studies.

Staben Provha

Evie Ndhlovu 
Community Projects Manager - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Evie has been invested in volunteering and socio-economic development from an early age.  At 17, she was a member of the Harare City Junior Council and an active Member of Parliament for the Zimbabwean Junior Parliament.  In 2014, Evie achieved a first-class Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Development and Management with Monash University, where she volunteered and was the recipient of several accolades, including the coveted Alumni Mentorship.  

Upon her return to Zimbabwe in 2015, Evie worked as a volunteer teacher and head of a local property management firm.  She joined ALERT in November 2016 and has since started making an impact in the community.  As a firm advocate of education, Evie believes in ALERT’s potential to make a positive difference in local communities through educational and empowerment programs.

     Alanna Wallace

Rosine Mendelsohn
Community Projects Manager - Gweru, Zimbabwe

Rosine joined ALERT in 2015 with a background in charity work, and experience as a youth leader.  She says "Serving the community and helping others has always been a part of who I am; a dream, some would say a calling"

"You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you" anon

     Rosine Mendelsohn

Mulenga Mwamba
Community Projects Manager - Livingstone, Zambia

Mulenga first joined ALERT in Livingstone for three months in 2010 on a sponsored internship through Copperbelt University, Zambia.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry, Mulenga joined the ALERT team as Volunteer Project Coordinator in May, 2012.  The following year, he was promoted to Volunteer and Community Project Manager.  In December 2014, Mulenga left ALERT to complete his teaching certificate, before returning as Community Projects Manager in February 2017. 

     Constance Siatwiko




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