Onesmus Ole Irungu

Onesmus Ole Irungu

Private Guide

Onesmus Ole Irungu was born in Muranga County and went to secondary school in Nairobi. His passion for nature conservation began when he was young; he kept speckled pigeons and collected porcupine quills and bird feathers. A member of the Kenya Professional Safaris Guides Association (KPSGA), he earned his gold level in 2016 and is a member of Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGSAA) and the East Africa Wildlife Society. He worked at Rekero Camp in the Masai Mara guiding groups in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. He has also been to both the Zambia and Zimbabwe sides of Victoria Falls and Burundi’s Lake Tanganyika.
 
During his off days, Onesmus volunteers at the Hanne Howard Fund, a grassroots charity that works with vulnerable children and youth in Nairobi’s Lenana slum. He takes young conservationists for bird walks in the nearby Ngong forest and on organized day trips, sharing his knowledge with students with the hope that some will go on to study Wildlife Conservation.
 
Onesmus is a big cat enthusiast and works on long-term research projects for the Mara Cheetah Project, the Mara Lion Project, the Mara Naboisho Project and the Mara Elephant Project. He is a regular contributor to the popular “Herd Tracker” found on social media, a real time Google map show that weekly updates the location of the annual Great Migration.