Through the eyes of James Leitore

Q. What is the most exciting / memorable story/sighting?
A. I had a great sighting with a leopard kill. The leopard came straight to our car as we were watching him and crawled underneath the car. He stayed there for an hour using it as a hiding space and watching the impala. Suddenly something spooked the impala and that was when the leopard struck. We then watched the leopard kill the impala.

Q. Why do you love Kenya?
A. It is my county and it is a very nice one at that. One of my favourite things of Kenya are the people. The people here are very friendly to people from other lands; we love tourists!

Q. What’s the strangest / funniest thing you have ever been asked?
A. I always find it funny when clients ask about traditions. A few people quite nervously ask about our tradition of drinking goat and cow blood…they seem a little bit unsure about this!

Q. When was the last time the wildlife of Samburu scared you?
A. An elephant came into my village a while ago and sometimes this can be quite scary. This was a peaceful elephant so we just let him do his thing and then when the sun came up he went on his way.

Q. What motivated you to become a tracker?
A. Firstly I like to be around guests. I like to combine that with my knowledge of animal movements. It’s great to be able to look at your environment and, with the clients, figure out the patterns of movement by an animal. That’s why I wanted to become a tracker.

Q. What makes Saruni different?
A. Great question. Saruni really works well with the Samburu tribe and the large support it gives the local community.

Q. What is your favourite animal species in Samburu?
A. Grevy’s Zebra. When in school, the Grevy’s Zebra Trust paid my scholarship. Slowly but surely I got to spend more time with the Grevy’s Zebra and they have now become my favourite animal.