Prof. Donald G. Mpanduji

Currently, Prof. D.G. Mpanduji is serving at the University of Dodoma as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration and Finance since 15th March 2019



Prof. Donald G. Mpanduji

Professor  of Applied Ecology and Anaesthesiology






Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania



Veterinary Medicine

Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania



Veterinary Medicine

Free University of Berlin, Germany



Applied Ecology


I am a graduate of Bachelor of Veterinary (BVM) and Master of Veterinary medicine from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro Tanzania and PhD (Free University of Berlin) and now I am the Professor of Game Capture, Telemetry and Anesthesiology in the Department of Veterinary Surgery and Theriogenology. I am involved in a number of research projects particularly in wildlife diseases, immobilization, anaesthesia and telemetry. I have supervised more than 20 undergraduate students, masters’ students and co-supervised one PhD. I have published over 30 papers in peer reviewed journals and several papers in conference proceedings. Internationally I am a member of the wildlife disease association, Africa and Middle East Chapter.


Positions at University

  • Part-time lecturer; 1998-1999,
  • Lecturer; 1999-2005,
  • Senior Lecturer; 2005 to 2008,
  • Associate Professor; 2009 to June 2014,
  • Professor; July 2014 to date.

  Previous employment

  •  Clinician, Veterinary Consultant Clinic, Dar Es Salaam; 1995-1996.

 Work Experience

  • Teaching and doing Research in Domestic and Wild animals in areas of Diseases, Surgery, Anaesthesia, and Ecology
  • Supervising Undergraduate and Post-graduate students in various topics in veterinary and wildlife management.
  • Participate in outreach, Advisory and Management activities on Livestock and Wildlife.


  1. Chairperson, Tanzania Animal Welfare Advisory Council, Appointed by the Minister, Ministry of Livestock and Fishery Development, from September 2010 to date.
  2. Secretary Tanzania Veterinary Council Examination Registration Board 2005 to 2012.
  3. Steering committee member Selous-Niassa wildlife corridor project from 2004 to 2013.
  4. Registered Veterinary Surgeon
  5. Member, Tanzania Veterinary Association
  6. Member, Wildlife Disease Association (Africa and Middle east Chapter)


My veterinary knowledge has been very instrumental when it comes to invasive sampling of wildlife, I have participated in several wildlife projects that involve capture and handling of wildlife in Tanzania, have been key resource person in training field veterinarian in wildlife immobilization and handling; training oversea students and veterinarians in capture, handling and sampling of wild animals. Researched and pioneered the use of alpha2 adrenergic receptor agonists for regional analgesia in shoats, in particular small east African goats and different anaesthetic techniques for different classes of animals.

Through my PhD studies I was able to map and delineate the elephant movement corridors in southern Tanzania now the Selous Niassa Wildlife Corridor that link two of the largest protected landscape in Tanzania and Mozambique, The Selous and the Niassa game reserve. Through that initiative, the Selous Niassa Wildlife Corridor was converted to the Wildlife management area which is one among the wildlife protection category in Tanzania that are owned and managed by the community. Protecting this vast landscape as important habitat to elephants, indirectly also helped the protection other wildlife whose range are smaller compared to those of elephants. 

The Telemetry studies have carried so far has helped the conservation practitioners on the present way of thinking when it comes to wildlife protection. My Recent project to evaluate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles yielded promising results on their use for wildlife monitoring and anti poaching when it comes to difficult terrains. Pilot study along the Ruvuma landscape was able to pick unexpected increase in human activities in islands within the Ruvuma River that for the previous years were considered unsuitable for human. Apparently, these areas are perceived to be focal points that facilitate poaching activities both in Tanzania and in Mozambique. Further studies on the use of these technology may possibly revolutionalise the way anti poaching is carried out in and around protected areas in Tanzania.

 A.    Selected peer-reviewed publications (in chronological order)

 Total 30 peers reviewed

 Publications 2002 - 2016

1.Mpanduji, D.G, Hofer, H., Hilderbrandt, T.B., Goeritz, F and M. L. East. (2002) Movement of elephants in the Selous–Niassa wildlife corridor, southern Tanzania. Pachyderm 33, 18-31.

2.D.G, Mpanduji., T.B, Hilderbrandt., R. Fyumagwa., H. Wiik., L. Siege., R.D. Baldus., S.B.P. Bittegeko., R, Hermes., R. Hahn., H. Hofer., F. Goeritz (2003). Immobilization and evaluation of some clinical parameters from free ranging elephants in southern Tanzania. Pachyderm 35: 140-145.

3.D.G, Mpanduji, M. East., H. Hofer. (2009) Analysis of habitat use by and preference of elephants in the Selous-Niassa wildlife corridor, Southern Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology 47: 257-260.

4.Nonga, H.E., M. Makungu., S. B. P. Bittegeko and D.G. Mpanduji. (2009) Occurrence and management of lameness in goat. A case study of Magadu Farm, Morogoro Tanzania. Small Ruminant Research 82 (2-3), 149-151.

5.Epaphras Alex Muse, Karimuribo Esron Daniel, Mpanduji Donald Gregory, Meing’ataki Godwell Elias (2012) Prevalence, disease description and epidemiological factors of a novel Giraffe Skin Disease (GSD) in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. Research Opinions in Animal & Veterinary Sciences (ROAVS).

6.Morris K. N. Kilewo and Donald Gregory Mpanduji (2012) Effects of snares on causing injuries to wild animals in Serengeti National Park, Northern Tanzania. Research Opinions in Animal & Veterinary Sciences (ROAVS).

7.Robert, D. Fyumagwa, Zabron Bugwesa, Maulid Mdaki, Donald G Mpanduji, Morris Kilewo and Richard Hoare (2012). Comparison of anaesthesia and cost of two immobilization protocols in free-ranging lions South African Journal of Wildlife Research 42 (1) 67-70

8.Donald Gregory Mpanduji, Robert D Fyumagwa, Zablon Katale Bugwesa, Maulid Luziga Mdaki and Alfred Kikoti (2012). Evaluation of Hyaluronidase in combination with Etorphine-HCL for immobilizing African Elephants (Loxodanta africana) in Tanzania. Research Opinions in Animal & Veterinary Sciences (ROAVS). 2 (6) 393-396

9.Fyumagwa, R.D; Bugwesa, Z; Mwita, M; Kihwele, E.S; Nyaki, A; Mdegela, R.H; and Mpanduji, D.G (2013). Cyanobacterial toxins and bacterial infections are the possible causes of mass mortality of lesser flamingos in soda lakes in northern Tanzania. Research Opinions in Animal & Veterinary Sciences (ROAVS). 3(3), 80-85

10.Karimuribo, ED; Kimbita,EN; Silayo, RS; Batamuzi, EK;Matiko, MK; Rich, K; Mpanduji, DG; Wambura, RM; Massawe, LB; Sendalo, D; Mwakalobo, ADB and Mgongo, FOK.(2014) Animal health constraints perceived to be important in Kilosa district: implication on disease control and prevention. Tanzania Veterinary Journal, Vol 28 (2): 6-13

11.Kalumanga, E; Mpanduji, D.G; Cousin, S.A.O (2016). Geophagic termites mounds as one of the resources for African elephants in Ugalla Game Reserve, Western Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology: Doi: 10.1111/aje.123226.

 C.  Research Support

 Grants Since 2008                                                                                                                        

Title of The Project

Source of Funds



Investigation of Bovine tuberculosis in wild Buffaloes in Mikumi National Park




Epidemiology and etiology of the Giraffe skin disease, Ruaha National Park

TANAPA, Tanzania.



Pastoral Beef and Milk Value Chain Project in Kilosa District,




Investigation of the potential use of unmanned aerial vehicles (DRONES) for use in anti-poaching surveillance in Tanzania

WWF Sweden



Investigation of buffalo movements and health status in Ruaha National Park

Safari Club International , USA