‘RUAHA, TANZANIA’S WILDEST FRONTIER’
ETHAN KINSEYwas born and raised close to Arusha, where he and his wife now make their home. Being outside, immersed in nature, has always been a part of his life, from catching tadpoles, birding and outdoor pursuits as a child, to winter sports during college vacations. More recently, it has taken the form of sharing wildlife and wilderness experiences with guests, specialized guiding, guide-training, and personal learning ventures. Primarily occupied with designing and guiding private safaris throughout East Africa, he is also active in training and development of guiding standards through the Interpretive Guides Society. Ethan writes about his training program for rangers in A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE.
DR. AMY DICKMAN has always been passionate about big cats, and has been lucky enough to make this her career, working in southern and eastern Africa for over 17 years. She founded and directs Oxford University’s Ruaha Carnivore Project and works in Tanzania’s Ruaha which landscape supports some of the world’s most important big cat populations. Amy is a prize-winning conservationist, a National Geographic Explorer, and has co-authored over 30 scientific articles, but remains happiest when getting the chance to watch lions, ideally accompanied by a cold G&T sundowner! Amy tells us about the challenges and successes of the Ruaha Carnivore Project in A FRIEND OF THE ENEMY.
SUE STOLBERGER was born in Jamaica and moved to Tanzania with her parents when she was four years old. Their trips to Tanzania’s wonderful game parks were a great influence on Sue’s desire to make a career from art and wildlife. She began painting seriously after school and first exhibited in Nairobi at the age of eighteen. After two years in Italy studying the great masters, she returned to East Africa, paint brushes in hand, and her adventures in the bush truly began. With her mobile camp, Sue has lived and worked in national parks all over Tanzania and Kenya and travelled to the wildest places to find inspiration. Over the past 11 years she has made her home in Ruaha where she draws inspiration from the peace and solitude of this remote wilderness. Sue tells us about her life in Ruaha in WILD INSPIRATION.
OWEN PRÜMM was born in Johannesburg and cut his teeth in the film industry working as a trainee technician on features and commercials in New York City. After 10 years of developing his skills, Owen shifted focus to the world of documentary film-making and is now somewhat of a specialist in the natural history genre, having shot and directed over 100 hours for some major broadcasters, receiving over 30 craft awards for innovative cinematography in this field. Owen received a lifetime honorary membership from the South African Society of Cinematographers (SASC) and received two out of only three gold’s awarded at the Visible Spectrum Awards in 2000 for his work on spiders and snakes for the Discovery Channel. His most recent project, with his company, Shibumi Films, involves the tenacious, hard working lions of Ruaha which he expounds on in FILMING IN A LION BATTLE ZONE.
ROBERT J. ROSS is a native New Yorker who has spent the past decade capturing colorful moments around the world. He now divides his time between Cape Town and New York. His motivation is to reveal the uniqueness in everyday scenes, cutting through stereotypes to highlight the color and texture things as common as an Italian street market, or as exotic as virgin forest in Central Africa. For the past four years Rob has been shooting in Tanzania, primarily working on his forthcoming book on the Selous Game Reserve. Rob’s work has been published in National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Condé Nast Traveler, Getaway Magazine, Africa Geographic, Islands, Travel Africa and many other leading journals. He has also undertaken photographic assignments for the World Wildlife Fund, The Wildlife Conservation Society, The Global Fund for Children, and other NGO’s where he has felt that his images could make a difference. Rob travelled to Ruaha to photograph the ranger training program in A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE where he also captured the remarkable image of an elephant crushed by a baobab. View more of Rob’s work on his website.
PIETRO LURASCHI is a guide and guide trainer, working for the last ten years in the wildest of Africa’s national parks and especially Tanzania’s protected areas like the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. Training has been a natural progression for Pietro and a way of giving back to a profession that has given him so much. He is now working part of the year as head guide for Kwihala camp in Ruaha and the rest of his time is dedicated to private guiding and training. He has guided trips to Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Kenya, Namibia and Tanzania, and trains guides in Kenya and Tanzania. Besides providing some of the photography for the article A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, Pietro was one of the trainers for this walking safari training program.
ANDREW HARRINGTON is a photographer and field biologist interested in the relationships between mankind and wildlife, photographing subjects ranging from wild dogs in South Africa to gibbons in Borneo. Most of his photography is based in Africa and the Thames region in southern England where he makes his home. Andrew has been highly commended three times in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. Among others he has been published by BBC Wildlife Magazine, BBC Books, Blackwells Publishing, Burn, Canon, Oxford University, Terre Sauvage, Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Project, the Independent and Time. His photography of the the Barabaig community and the Ruaha Carnivore Project can be seen in A FRIEND OF THE ENEMY. You can view more of Andrew’s work on his website and follow him onInstagram.
MARIUS SWART is a passionate naturalist and consummate enthusiast who has been sharing the wonder of nature through his guided adventures since 1992. With a penchant for walking safaris conducted through safari company, Clearly Africa, Marius revels in the visceral experiences afforded by on-foot explorations, and truly believes that being out in the wilds allows us to see rather than look, hear rather than listen and feel rather than think. His photography can be seen in A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE.
ED HETHERINGTON is an Atlanta based photographer with a passion for sharing the beauty of Africa’s places, people and wildlife. Although born in New York City and raised in Atlanta, Ed says that “each time I take that first step off the plane in the bush it feels like I’ve come home.” He was recently named runner up in the 2013 Travel Photographer of the Year competition and was a finalist for the 2013 Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Ed and his wife Michelle are proud parents to a newborn baby who went on his “first” safari three months before he was born. He is the photographer of our Issue 3 cover RUAHA, TANZANIA’S WILDEST FRONTIER, and you can view more of ed’s work on his website.