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Wildlife conservation, trophy hunting, and poaching

I am getting a bit tired of seeing posts that disparage trophy hunting as negative to the overall goal of sensible and sustainable wildlife conservation, while ignoring the main cause of endangerment of those same animals… POACHING!!

In terms of percentage alone, it is arguable that trophy hunting kills barely register on the spectrum when […]

Burning Tusks

I am just as happy to not have been in Kenya for the event, today, of burning of thousands of tons of poached ivory. I say this because I don’t think the obvious symbolism is going to make any meaningful difference in the war on poaching. I am very definitely and adamantly opposed to […]

My Time in Kenya 2013-15

I am about to move on from a position and a place that I’ve called home for the last almost 2 years. It has been a combination of a dream job and one of the most challenging experiences of my professional life.

It was a dream job, in that I was flying in the […]

Over Africa… a video

Here’s a video I made that ended up turning out way better than I had hoped!

Empowerment of Women in a Maasai world

Recent events at my place of employment have prompted me to write this:

There is an aspect of Maasai culture that promotes a certain kind of promiscuity. The idea that if a warrior plants his spear outside a woman’s hut, he is just helping out her husband by “planting good seed”. I believe that […]

Some flying fun

Here’s a compilation, sped up considerably for effect, of video I’ve captured in flight with my GoPro cameras since I began my job here at Campi ya Kanzi.

Conservation, Wildlife, and the Man in the Moon

You may wonder, if you know me well, why I’m working with a conservation related organization. I’ve never aspired to be a “tree-hugger”, and will never be one! But, as a follower of Christ, I feel that we are called to be good stewards of the resources that God has given us.

Now, many will […]

Licensing, Paperwork and Bureaucracy Run Amok

After arriving in Kenya on the evening of the 15th of October, my life has been a 4½ week odyssey into the frustrations and confusion of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.

First, I needed to pass a 100 question “Composite Conversion Exam” for a Commercial Pilot’s License conversion from my US FAA license. Since then, […]

Kenya National Anthem

The Kenya National Anthem

Kiswahili Words

Ee Mungu nguvu yetu Ilete baraka kwetu Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi Natukae na udugu Amani na uhuru Raha tupate na ustawi.

Amkeni ndugu zetu Tufanye sote bidii Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu Nchi yetu ya Kenya tunayoipenda Tuwe tayari kuilinda.

Natujenge taifa letu Ee ndio wajibu wetu […]

Off to Kenya

I am working on a 2 to 3 year contract with Campi ya Kanzi, an “Eco-Lodge” situated on the Kuku Group Ranch, in the Chyulu Hills, in Kenya. I would be the primary pilot of a 1974 Cessna U206F with a Continental IO-550 engine, which is used primarily to bring guests to the Camp. The […]

Kenya – 45 years

<drum roll> Ee Mungu nguvu yetu Ilete baraka kwetu Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi Natukae na undugu Amani na uhuru Raha tupate na ustawi