Our Caregivers

Dr. George Omondi Paul, Deputy Manager
George Paul who has a Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Nairobi joined the Sanctuary in 2012. His background as a veterinarian at Kenya wildlife Service means he has experience and insight in areas of captive animal management, animal husbandry and nutrition, foster mothering and animal behaviour monitoring. He has a keen eye which allows him to spot an unwell chimp long before the illness sets in. He is currently undertaking his MSc in veterinary Epidemiology and Economics.
Chimpanzee Caregivers

 

Joseph Maiyo, Supervisor, Old Chimpanzee Group
Joseph comes from Rumuruti in Laikipia West. He was enrolled in 1994 as a chimpanzee caregiver, and was promoted to chimpanzee supervisor in 1996. Joseph has a great understanding of the Sweetwaters chimpanzees having cared for them for the past 10 years. As well as being responsible for the overall management of the older chimpanzee group, Joseph is an expert at the process of integrating new juvenile chimpanzees into existing groups.
Chimpanzee Caregivers

 

David Mundia, Supervisor, Young Chimpanzee Group
David started work at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary in 1993 at its inception. David remembers one memorable morning when he left a bunch of keys used to open all the padlocks in the young chimpanzee’s house unattended. One of the chimpanzees managed to steal the keys by reaching through one of the night-box doors. For the next hour she tried every single key in an attempt to escape by opening the padlock to the door. Luckily she never managed to find the right key and was persuaded to hand back the keys in exchange for a reward of mangoes and bananas. Since that day, David has never underestimated the intelligence of his chimpanzee charges.
Chimpanzee Caregivers

 

Letty Owiti, Education Officer
Letty comes from Muhoroni constituency in Kisumu county. She joined the sanctuary in 2013 and is its only female member. Letty is passionate about environmental education and enjoys interacting with guests from across the board i.e. school children, college groups, professional groups, family groups and even research groups. She aims to have all visitors leave the sanctuary more informed than when they came in.

 

Chimpanzee Caregivers

 

Anthony Kamau, Head Fencer for the Sanctuary
Anthony has worked at Sweetwaters since 1993. He is fascinated by the way chimpanzees display remarkable similarities to humans in their social behaviour as well as their ability to communicate and to use tools. He has seen the chimpanzees attempting to break through high voltage fences using dry logs as climbing ladders.
Chimpanzee Caregivers