GIVING BACK > SAMMY LESEITA
Sammy was born and raised in a semi-nomadic Samburu tribe. His village moved every few months in response to the rain pattern and other crucial resources. As a child, Sammy tended cows, goats and sheep. His parents had no formal education and there were no year-round schools near Sammy's local village. It was not until tourists visited his village that Sammy was selected as the first child to receive a scholarship to attend school - one coincidentally started by Royal African Safaris and Catholic missionaries; as a teenager, Sammy began his formal education.
At age 21, Sammy graduated with good grades from high school. While in school, Sammy earned money to feed his family by becoming an apprentice safari guide specializing in birds. His love and knowledge of the birds made him a popular trainee naturalist among birdwatchers. Two years later, Sammy became the resident naturalist at a popular resort in Samburu.
While working as a naturalist, Sammy serendipitously landed another scholarship to pursue a Bachelors’ Degree in Biology in Hawaii. During his college years, Sammy spent his free time volunteering at an oceanography lab studying phylogenetic relationships in whales and dolphins. He then went on to earn a Graduate Degree at Harvard University.
Since completing Graduate School, Sammy has been a safari guide with Royal African Safaris. His cultural background, knowledge of natural history and love of the animals make him a perfect host and a fountain of knowledge for avid safari guests.