Sveva & Kuki Gallmann
When Kuki Gallmann lost her husband in 1980 she embraced the biggest challenge of her life: To preserve a wild oasis of biodiversity through sheer determination, willpower and imagination. Knowing only that it was the right thing to do she closed down the ranching business and offered the land back to nature. The regeneration of the vegetation and resultant biodiversity (which is measured annually by a team of scientists) is a testament to her commitment.
In 1983 Kuki’s son Emanuele, who was studying herpetology, was bitten by a puff adder whilst he was extracting venom to make anti-venom. He was only 17. Kuki’s healing was to turn this tragedy into something positive and started the Environmental Education projects of the Gallmann Memorial Foundation to give Kenyan and international youth the chance to experience nature. As a result, thousands of Kenyan school children have experienced the wilderness of Ol Ari Nyiro for free and countless others have been sponsored through secondary and college education, many innovative and inspiring courses have blossomed to bring youth into connection with Nature.
Her foresight and single- minded belief in this mission has created what the Ol Ari Nyiro – Laikipia Nature Conservancy, is today.
… Kuki’s daughter Sveva and her partner Nigel have returned to Ol Ari Nyiro to continue this legacy and to find innovative, creative and sustainable ways of generating jobs and income and improving lives whilst maintaining an unwavering dedication to the preservation and flourishing of the biodiversity of the conservancy.
…To preserve a wild oasis of biodiversity through sheer determination, willpower and imagination…