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Bernard Kissui, Ph.D.

Center Director



University of Dar-Es-Salaam (Tanzania)

Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior,
University of Minnesota (MN, USA)


In addition to his role at SFS, Bernard Kissui leads African Wildlife Foundation’s Lion Conservation Science Project in the Maasai Steppe Heartland. Dr. Kisssui tracks the lions that live in, near, and around Tarangire National Park as they roam the sprawling savannahs of Tanzania. His current research in the Maasai steppe focuses on understanding the causes, patterns and impacts of human-lion conflicts related to livestock predation in pastoral communities and on the lion population as a whole. Bernard has been working with these communities to identify and implement management options for conflict mitigation.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and worked with the Serengeti Lion Project between 1998 and 2000 in Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.


Kissui has a broad interest in management and conservation of wildlife in human-dominated lanscapes, understanding species in an environment where the aspects of human-wildlife coexistence can be assessed and promoted.


Dr. Kissui is a recipient of numerous awards including the Earthwatch Fellowship, McArthur Fellowship, and African Wildlife Foundation's Charlotte Conservation Fellowship.