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CEO @WildlifeDirect. #HandsOffOurElephants. @NatGeo Explorer. Kenyan Help me stop poachers, educate children, empower African Women and save wildlife.

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In 1984, I graduated from Loreto Convent Msongori, a High School in Nairobi. I’d been there for 12 years - starting in Standard 1 with Mrs Braganza. By the time I reached secondary school my older sisters had paved the way as prefects, athletes, swimmers, artists, singers, actors, most popular in the boys school, motorbike racers, dancers, models, ... I couldn’t compete. They were prettier, taller, stronger, more social ... the only thing left for me to excel in was science and expeditions. I took to long field trips and spent a month hiking in northern Kenya’s wild, dangerous and burning deserts.
The headmistress, Sister Pauline asked me why I stopped attending weekly church - it made no sense to me. The library was infinitely more fascinating. Still is. She could have expelled me, but she just said “oh”. I remember her as a super-strict woman on a black habit and open toed sandals. Her stern face seemed wooden. We called her Power - she had it over all of us. She knew each and every student in our huge sprawling school. She knew our parents, our friends, our likes and dislikes. She seemed to know what each child needed. I was allowed to slice off mass to roam the library, or miss weeks of class to go on expeditions. At the time it didn’t occur to me how lucky we all were. My school friends are so accomplished - it’s not a coincidence. I can’t say that I liked Sister Pauline at the time - I felt oppressed. But seeing her today for the first time since 1984 reminded me that she was what I needed most, and it was what what gave me a chance to make it in life. I meet children in schools from across Kenya, kids lost in a sea of faces in crowded classrooms and dusty playgrounds and I wish I could give them the chance that I had. Imagine if every school today graduated such promising young people each year. Where could Kenya be?
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In 1984, I graduated from Loreto Convent Msongori, a High School in Nairobi. I’d been there for 12 years - starting in Standard 1 with Mrs Braganza. By the time I reached secondary school my older sisters had paved the way as prefects, athletes, swimmers, artists, singers, actors, most popular in the boys school, motorbike racers, dancers, models, ... I couldn’t compete. They were prettier, taller, stronger, more social ... the only thing left for me to excel in was science and expeditions. I took to long field trips and spent a month hiking in northern Kenya’s wild, dangerous and burning deserts. The headmistress, Sister Pauline asked me why I stopped attending weekly church - it made no sense to me. The library was infinitely more fascinating. Still is. She could have expelled me, but she just said “oh”. I remember her as a super-strict woman on a black habit and open toed sandals. Her stern face seemed wooden. We called her Power - she had it over all of us. She knew each and every student in our huge sprawling school. She knew our parents, our friends, our likes and dislikes. She seemed to know what each child needed. I was allowed to slice off mass to roam the library, or miss weeks of class to go on expeditions. At the time it didn’t occur to me how lucky we all were. My school friends are so accomplished - it’s not a coincidence. I can’t say that I liked Sister Pauline at the time - I felt oppressed. But seeing her today for the first time since 1984 reminded me that she was what I needed most, and it was what what gave me a chance to make it in life. I meet children in schools from across Kenya, kids lost in a sea of faces in crowded classrooms and dusty playgrounds and I wish I could give them the chance that I had. Imagine if every school today graduated such promising young people each year. Where could Kenya be?

She is my favorite tree in Nairobi Park - Valentine’s Day in the most wildly romantic city on earth #Nairobi @magicalkenya @kenyawildlifeservice @wildlifedirect
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She is my favorite tree in Nairobi Park - Valentine’s Day in the most wildly romantic city on earth #nairobi @magicalkenya @kenyawildlifeservice @wildlifedirect

Nairobi, Kenya
Busy people in Karura forest - the construction of maternity wing is ongoing. #LoveKenya
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Busy people in Karura forest - the construction of maternity wing is ongoing. #lovekenya

He was a young bull. His crime was a passion for human crops. Killed by one spear thrown from above. Death from internal bleeding three days ago. Nobody knows who threw it . He died trying to find safety, a slow painful experience.RIP young Bull.
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He was a young bull. His crime was a passion for human crops. Killed by one spear thrown from above. Death from internal bleeding three days ago. Nobody knows who threw it . He died trying to find safety, a slow painful experience.RIP young Bull.

Matunda - an amazing guide in vivid color at Satao Elerai Lodge Amboseli Kenya
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Matunda - an amazing guide in vivid color at Satao Elerai Lodge Amboseli Kenya

Matu SA, his name means Fruit! Dramatic skies and vivid colors in AMBOSELI Kenya
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Matu SA, his name means Fruit! Dramatic skies and vivid colors in AMBOSELI Kenya

Hmm not really blue but it’s very super!!
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Hmm not really blue but it’s very super!!

Am amazing weekend for kids to be scientists for a weekend in Laikipia Kenya this weekend -helping the authorities count the rare Grevys Zebra
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Am amazing weekend for kids to be scientists for a weekend in Laikipia Kenya this weekend -helping the authorities count the rare Grevys Zebra

Kilimanjaro - the rooftop of Africa wearing her New Year snow-gown. Isn’t she grand?
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Kilimanjaro - the rooftop of Africa wearing her New Year snow-gown. Isn’t she grand?

The extreme natural environments of Kenya are beautifully captured in Amboseli Park -  Always surprising us
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The extreme natural environments of Kenya are beautifully captured in Amboseli Park - Always surprising us

Where in the world can you sit in a pool and watch wild elephants, giraffe, cheetah eland and more?Satao Elerai is my version of heaven!
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Where in the world can you sit in a pool and watch wild elephants, giraffe, cheetah eland and more?Satao Elerai is my version of heaven!

A very happy Xmas for these two on Horsey Beach Norfolk. Seal babies are soooo adorable! Over a 100 born on this beach this year.
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A very happy Xmas for these two on Horsey Beach Norfolk. Seal babies are soooo adorable! Over a 100 born on this beach this year.

Horsey, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Somewhere on Andrews Road in Hackney London, is a growing Herd of beautiful clay Elephants. I am not alone.  Anyone know who is making them?
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Somewhere on Andrews Road in Hackney London, is a growing Herd of beautiful clay Elephants. I am not alone. Anyone know who is making them?

My park My city in the sun. #Nairobi
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My park My city in the sun. #Nairobi

Today you have only one task - Love Kenya - available @wildlifedirect
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Today you have only one task - Love Kenya - available @wildlifedirect

What about this - it's Tim from Amboseli - would you want him on your jacket?
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What about this - it's Tim from Amboseli - would you want him on your jacket?

Nairobi from across the park - we are so blessed
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Nairobi from across the park - we are so blessed

@czechstervv @kirstenalana  @fashionforconservation  @richardhaubrich @gio_ewbank and everyone seeing this what do you think of our new designs - We at @wildlifedirect would love your feedback Please share
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@czechstervv @kirstenalana @fashionforconservation @richardhaubrich @gio_ewbank and everyone seeing this what do you think of our new designs - We at @wildlifedirect would love your feedback Please share

#Fashin4Wildlife another line from @wildlifedirect - items on sale next weekend at Xmas Box Marula Manor @ggkenya @fashionforconservation
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#fashin4wildlife another line from @wildlifedirect - items on sale next weekend at Xmas Box Marula Manor @ggkenya @fashionforconservation

This is why I love #Kigali #Rwanda - Celebrating the Okapi, one of Africas most beautiful but endangered animals.
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This is why I love #kigali #rwanda - Celebrating the Okapi, one of Africas most beautiful but endangered animals.

Kigali, Rwanda
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