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The Kingupira Wildlife Research Centre (KWRC)is located in the Selous Game Reserve (SGR), which covers 55,000 squre kilometers in south-eastern Tanzania. Selous Game Reserve has been a World Heritage Site since 1982 and is the largest Game Reserve in the savanna woodlands areas in Africa, providing habitat that hold the largest population of African elephant in the world. The Selous Game Reserve is about 300 km from Dar Es Salaam which is only a one hour flight.


The Kingupira Wildlife research Centre is the first and the only research centre focusing on wildlife in the Miombo woodlands in Tanzania. It was formerly known as Miombo Research Centre (until 1980) and was established in the late 1960's for research purposes in the Miombo woodlands. " Miombo" is a Swahili word meaning 'woodlands dominated by Brachstegia spp. and Julbernadia spp'. KWRC is responsible for all wildlife research carried out in the Selous Game Reserve and other surrounding protected areas including Mikumi National Park, Udzungwa National Park, Ruaha National Park, Rungwa Game Reserve and Lumesule Game Controlled Area. Current wildlife research at Kingupira are; Wild dogs, A survey on the black rhino population and studies on man eating lion.


  • A herbarium and museum with many animal and plant specimens
  • Twelve houses offering abundant accommodation and office space for both local and foreign researchers including one rest house for visitors and guests and one house which can accommodate 8-13 researchers at time
  • One vehicle
  • One computer