Through the eyes of Chris Letur

Q. What triggered your passion for nature and for the guiding profession?
A. The love I have with the domestic animals is what triggered my passion for nature and wild animals.

Q. What is the most exciting or memorable story/sighting?
A. The most exciting sighting is a lioness adopting a baby Orex back 2003 in Samburu.

Q. Why do you love Kenya? 
A. I love Kenya because its my home and its also a peaceful country.

Q.What’s the strangest or funniest thing you have ever been asked?
A. Have you ever killed a wild animal?.

Q. What motivated you to become a guide?
A. I have always had a love for nature. However, before I was a guide I was a night guard. I used to listen to the stories the guides would tell the guests around the fire and think of telling such stories myself. It was during my time as a night guard when I actually sat my Bronze-level Guiding exam and became a guide. Now I live and tell those very stories.

Q. What makes Saruni different?
A. Saruni is unique in the sense that they support the community in many ways.

Q. What is your favorite animal species in the Mara?
A. Being  a guide, I like every animal and I believe that every living.

Q. What does it mean to be a Maasai in today’s modern world? 
A. Maasai are well known with their culture which is very unique and the love I have with for my culture is what’s making me to balance both lives.

Q. A lot of people don’t know that the Maasai never hunted wild animals. Can you explain why?
A. With their rich traditional culture and living in the wild people assume they are hunting wild animals.