I was born in Nairobi, which is Kenya’s capital city. However, as a result of frequent visits to my grandparents in the countryside in Amboseli, I slowly grew fond of nature and by the time I was completing my high school studies, I knew my purpose was in conservation. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Community Development at Kenyatta University in 2012. After a few volunteering experiences and jobs in marine, primate and coastal conservation, and as fate would have it, I got the rare opportunity of getting a job at the Lion Guardians organization in Amboseli. The organization works with local pastoralist communities living in the periphery of protected areas in East Africa to conserve lions whereby science and indigenous knowledge is fused together while preserving cultures. I have been the on-site program manager ever since in charge of training lion guardians, data collection and analysis on lion movement, habitat and prey selection and population trends as well as various human-carnivore conflict mitigation initiatives.
I envision the diploma course as a gateway to increase ability to address lion conservation issues more effectively as well as mentor other untapped talent that might not necessarily get this chance but have the passion for conservation.