Dr. Titus Mlengeya obtained his B.V.M. degree from Sokoine University
in 1988 and a M.Sc. in Veterinary Epidemiology from the University
of Reading, UK, in 1994. He received a certificate for competency
with dangerous drugs from the Zimbabwe Veterinary Association
in 1997. Dr. Mlengeya served as a wildlife research scientist
at Serengeti Wildlife Research Institute from 1987 to 1989. In
1989 and 1990, he was District Livestock Development Officer
for the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock Development.
From 1990 to 1993, he established and managed a veterinary clinic
in Dar Es Salaam. From 1994 to 1996, he served as Wildlife Epidemiologist
for the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock Development
in Dar Es Salaam. Since 1996, he has worked at Serengeti and
other Tanzanian National Parks as a wildlife veterinarian. Dr.
Mlengeya currently heads TANAPA’s Wildlife Veterinary Unit.
Dr. Mlengeya is a member of the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania, the
Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, and the Wildlife
Disease Association. His current activities include rinderpest surveillance in
wildlife (buffalo, other ungulates); treatment of endangered animal species (black
rhinos, wild dogs); snare removal (lions, buffalos, hyenas, zebras, other species);
vaccination of domestic animals to control rabies, rinderpest, foot and mouth
disease, and canine distemper; training of park rangers for animal health monitoring;
training of local communities in animal husbandry; and conducting post-mortem
examinations of dead wild animals with diagnostic sampling and related laboratory
His goals are to continue to monitor and mitigate diseases, conduct necessary
research, and maintain healthy wildlife populations in a healthy ecosystem. Dr.
Mlengeya provides support for community-based livestock projects to fight poverty
in local communities and involves local people in conservation programs.