Please RSVP by April 7th HERE
We are bringing our good friend, Butati Nyundo (pictured here with his Dad at Mahale last summer), to visit the USA for the first time. He has never been out of Africa before, and I want you to have the chance to meet this extraordinary young man.
Not only is he the best guide I have encountered anywhere in his field, but in my opinion he will go far in the tough world of African conservation in the future. Please RSVP as soon as you can – I hope you can make it and to see you there!
Monday, May 7th
6:45pm – mingle, with wine and desert
7:30pm – Butati’s presentation on chimpanzees that you won’t want to miss!
Jim Santy Auditorium @ Park City Library
Butati currently lives and works at the remote Greystoke Chimpanzee camp on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, the worlds longest lake that holds 18% of the worlds fresh water! Here is his bio if you interested in learning more:
“I was born in 1985 and grew up inside Mahale Mountains National Park at a place called Kasiha now a Tourism centre and reseach station. My father was originally from Mahale montains at a place called Muhela about 10km south of Greystoke camp. He worked for chimpanzee research project at Mahale from the its beginning to mid 2000’s. Thus I spent almost my whole life so far in and around Mahale.
I got my kindergarten education at the park headquarters for 3 years as at the time most of the people were allowed to live with their families inside the park. For my Primary education I had to move away from my parents to Kigoma town which was about 190 kilometers North of Mahale as there was no school at my father’s home village in 1994. I lived with my grandparents from my mother’s side. For my secondary education I had to go the nearby town of Katavi in 2001 for 4 years. – about 150miles from Mahale where my parent’s were still staying and my father worked. I went even further away for my 2 years high school studies.
After my high school studies got a chance to work at Mahale as a Ranger-Guide for the National Park in July 2008. It was a dream come true to me as I was very passionate about wild animals and especially chimpanzees, and was hoping one day to work with wild animals.
My dad was my main role model when I grew up and he inspired me so much to have all the passion on wildlife. Even when studying I had a dream to study wildlife more than any thing. I worked as a Ranger-guide for 2 years before I got a scholarship to study Wildlife Management at Mweka Wildlife College in Kilimanjaro town between 2010 and 2012. I enjoyed my studies at the college as it was subjects of my interest. And after I achieved my Diploma in Wildlife Management I went back to work with Mahale Mountains National Park for one more year in the same position under short contract.
It was not until I met Tim Lapage in August 2014 when he convinced me to work at Greystoke Mahale as a guide for Nomad Tanzania. He stayed at Greystoke with his two clients from USA, and it was at this time that we came up with our customary ‘Bird is Word’ song and Dance that we always perform before he takes off on his 6 people plane. Nomad has been a great safari company for me to work with but also my friendship with Tim has been strong ever since we met in 2014 and have been guiding him and his clients from Safari Experts.
I learn and enjoy so much from watching these wonderful big apes. It is always a delight for me to share my knowledge about Chimpanzees and other wild animals and Mahale”