Dominic Josam Nyathi

CITW Zambezi Education – School and Communities

Born in Zimbabwe’s Hwange District, an area rich in natural resources outside Zimbabwe’s largest national park, Dom is an experienced educationist and conservationist.  He grew up in rural Jambezi, close to the mighty Zambezi River and Zambia, and as a child was exposed to the rich flora and fauna of the region. This developed his great love, knowledge and passion for wildlife.

However, Hwange district is rife with poaching by locals and foreigners in search of an easy income. This motivated Dom to prepare for a career that would help ensure a better future for Zimbabwe’s magnificent wildlife, standing for the voiceless.

Dom has worked for, and volunteered his services to, a number of wildlife institutions and charities aimed at students, as well as the challenged and their communities – something he still does. He fulfilled the role of Conservation and Community Liaison Manager for Painted Dog Conservation for more than ten years, running wildlife and environmental awareness campaigns and competitions, teaching communities and school children the importance of keeping balanced biodiversity levels and ecosystems in their localities.

Dom speaks several languages fluently, which allows him to convey his knowledge to the communities adjacent the national parks and protected areas.

Dom joined Children in the Wilderness with the aim of inspiring young scholars through Eco-Clubs around Africa, so that they may develop a sound background to, and positive understanding of, the environment and wildlife, in turn conveying it to their families and communities, as ambassadors for wildlife.

“Good knowledge invested in the students, and owned by them, is the key to all positive environmental and climate change actions”, he confirms.

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