THE DE-SNARING PROJECT: TEAM LEADER PROFILES

James Mbuthia
Chyulu Team
Kikuyu Tribe
Born in Nyeri

The first school James attended was Kangaita primary school in Nyeri and then he went on to Kagunmo High School. He received a Bsc degree in Natural resources management in 1998. In 2003 he was married and now has two children. James joined the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in 2000 where he became head of one of our first de-snaring teams; Mtito team. James later began The Chyulu Team and continues to work with the Chyulu Desnaring team today, charged with covering the Chyulu National Park (within the Tsavo Conservation Area) along with the ranch and community lands abutting the Park. He has recently helped the Trust acquire the lease for Umani Springs within the Kibwezi Forest, a vital water catchment area and the only surface water in the Chyulu area. He is actively overseeing a second unit who look after the forest, ensuring no bush meat poaching or illegal logging takes place within the forest reserve. Aside from the de-snaring work James is very involved in the Trustís community outreach program, concentrating on the communities that border the Chyulu Park. Each month he visits several schools, organizes sporting events and wildlife talks and guides field trips for schools into Tsavo National Park for the day. Jamesís passion lies with both wildlife and sport. He qualified to participate in the National athletic trials in 1998 and 1999 at Kasarani Nairobi and narrowly missed out on becoming a part of the Kenya Olympic team headed for Sydney in 2000. As one of our longest serving team leaders James stands as an excellent example of a team leader who leads by example. He is a great asset to the Trust.

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