In order to try and conserve these animals from extinction, captive breeding programmes are becoming more and more important. Chipangali is now in the forefront of just such programmes, where cheetah, brown hyaena, rhino, etc, are being studied.
For more than 20 years the research staff have studied the duikers of sub-Saharan Africa during which time more than 25 African countries have been visited where detailed duiker and other wildlife surveys have been carried out. Some of the countries which were visited on more than one occasion include Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic and all of the east African countries.
On completion of the field work a very large volume of over 800 pages was written covering the 16 species of duikers by the Chipangali Wildlife Trust. This book was released in 2002 and all the profits from the sale of the book are being used to carry out surveys on leopard, cheetah and other carnivores in Zimbabwe.
In addition, a detailed study of the ecology and behaviour of the leopard and a biodiversity survey of the Matobo National Park are also being undertaken at the time of writing. The movements and home range of radio-collared leopards, cheetah and brown hyaena are also being studied in several different habitats in Matabeleland.
A recently established “Carnivore Research Unit” is investigating the distribution, status, ecology and biology of all the Carnivores of Zimbabwe.