ROYAL AFRICAN FELLOWS > TIM CORFIELD
Born in Kenya to a family with a long African history, Tim Corfield has been professionally involved with Africa's wildlife and wild places, through research, expeditions, and wildlife authorship ever since he graduated from university in 1968. He has degrees from both London and Nairobi universities. Tim’s first serious involvement with Africa's wildlife was a wildlife survey of northeastern Zaire, the Central African Republic and northern Cameroon. The statistics and data for the final report do not reveal much of the high adventure of this five month expedition - crossing Zaire's huge swollen rivers on home made canoe-ferries, being arrested as a mercenary and threatened with summary execution, and conducting a 200 kilometer foot safari through the trackless southeast CAR in search of white rhino. It was a good beginning, and he returned to East Africa determined to pursue a lifelong commitment to wildlife. In 1971, he joined the Tsavo Research Project to take up studies in elephant ecology at the time of the gathering crises of elephant over-population in many parts of East Africa. He wrote a seminal paper on elephant ecology and mortality in 1973, covering the largest natural mortality of elephant ever witnessed in Africa. He then resumed ongoing studies of Tsavo National Park's vegetation, some aspects of which still remain to be published.
Even during an unusual five year interlude building and sailing his own 17 meter auxiliary ketch around the islands of Zanzibar he kept his interest in wildlife alive by conducting safaris in Kenya, and by accepting a commission to write a manual for wildlife professionals, The Wilderness Guardian, (now in its 2nd edition). He has spent so much of his life under canvas with wildlife that an existence without this is inconceivable. He moved to Tanzania in 1990 to be in the heart of Africa's best wild lands, and for five years worked as a Senior Guide. However, he believes that the proper safari company should be inspired, owned and led by its guides, which is why he broke away to work with other top guides under the umbrella company of Royal African Safaris.
Through all the enjoyment of his life on safari runs a more serious thread: of wildlife and wilderness conservation. It is his lifeblood, and he is deeply involved in it both within and without his company activities. Through it he enthusiastically embraces the challenges of his life on safari in order to bring his friends and guests into close contact with a disappearing world - a pristine and beautiful natural world that he hopes they will also learn to enjoy and cherish as much as he does.