Dr. Francesco Rovero

Dr. Francesco Rovero

Zoologist

I am an Italian zoologist and have been based my work in Tanzania for over 10 years now. I have always been interested in nature and wildlife and that passion motivated my studies in natural sciences, especially animal ecology and conservation biology. The area where we are working is fantastic, tropical forests along steep mountains inhabited by secretive animals. Not all secretive, or small, as we do sometime see elephants, leopards, buffalos, hippos… For our field work we spend a lot of time in the jungle, camping along rivers, cooking rice and beans on firewood and hiking several hours every day.

There are endless interesting stories from the several years in forest. From scary encounters with massive elephants (one needs to run fast!), to rare glimpses of elusive animals, long hikes up and down the slopes and long evenings at camp talking with colleagues and camp assistants. For our work we set-up camera-traps that are excellent to get photographs of the animals in the forest we would never see otherwise (because they are rare, nocturnal, and shy). We have found a lot of interesting animals that were never photographed before, especially antelopes and small carnivores. We even found an animal that was completely new, a giant elephant-shrew- a tiny creature that lives only in African forest floors.