I write out of love for a continent, a country, wildlife conservation and safari. A few of my favorite stories and a synopsis of my novel follow:
Wildlife harassment taints Maasai Mara National Reserve an ongoing issue that was addressed in this series of articles found on examiner.com. Wildlife harassment is such a multi-faceted problem that there is no easy solution. During the writing of the article I realized a need for universal game drive guidelines to be included in pre-departure information for clients worldwide. Therefore a pamphlet was created and can be found on this site under Game Drive Guidelines. To read the entire story click on Maasai Mara
The Tana River Delta – Kenya’s Sweet Secret that could go Sour was published in East African Wildlife Society’s SWARA magazine and can also be found online. It explores the potential ecological disaster of growing sugarcane for biofuel in the Tana River Delta, a pristine ecosystem that hosts rare and endangered species on Kenya’s northern coast. There is an urgency to globally produce biofuel, but in our haste to create we would destroy the very environment and species we are also trying to save. To read story
Are Lake Natron’s Flamingos on the Edge of Extinction?
Written on request from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds based in the UK, and has been posted on various conservation websites worldwide. If a soda extraction plant is allowed to be built near the lake then the lesser flamingo will be in grave danger as Natron is their only breeding ground in East Africa. To read story
Kenya’s Elephant Emergency. With poaching on the rise and continued human encroachment, Kenya’s elephants face a precarious future unless something more is done. This poignant article portrays the littlest victims who are in the care of Dame Daphne Sheldrick at her orphanage in Nairobi National Park. To read story
The bright side of Kenya’s lack of tourism – or is it? posted online and in response to the 2007 elections that created havoc and slammed the door on any kind of tourism during most of 2008. To read story
I also contribute to examiner.com as their East African Headlines and African Safari Travel examiner. The following two articles are among the favorites:
The Kenya Wildlife Service celebrates their first successful relocation of sedated hippos. It’s hard enough to relocate wildlife, and the KWS has the system almost perfected. The latest challenge was relocating cranky hippos. To read story
The emergence of the bicycle as an integral part of Kenya’s culture is an example of what happens when prices drop and bikes become readily available. To read story.
Kenya has touched my life and I wear her forever in my soul, so that’s why I named my novel: As I Go I am Wearing You.
The title is translated from the African proverb Ndinombethe and pronounced
“in-day-nom-bay-tay.” It means places and/or people who we have come in contact with, even if just for a moment, can leave such an impression on us that it affects our lives forever.
As I Go portrays a young American woman who had been raised on a Scottsdale Arabian horse ranch, then ends up in Kenya working as a tour director. It is about personal growth rising above family dysfunction, love for a captivating country and the Kenyan people, a riveting love story filled with passion and conflict, and ultimately about wildlife conservation and the poaching epidemic of the 1980s.
My hope is that in the end, Kenya will have found a place in your heart.
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