Guide Profile: Anthony Childs at Kenya’s Emakoko

July 25, 2012  By: Gretchen


Anthony Mark Childs

How long have you been a guide?
Eleven Years

Where are you a guide?
The Emakoko

Have you guided anywhere else?
I have guided all over the most popular parts of Kenya, from Tsavo, Amboseli, Meru, Lewa, Samburu and of course the world famous Masai Mara

What is your favourite spot to see wildlife?
I am passionate about Tsavo East National park – northern area, as the wildlife here is well and truly wild. Having said this Amboseli is also a top favorite along with Samburu as the elephant viewing is incredible and I believe are two of the top places in the world where you can get so close to African Elephants.

What is your most memorable guiding moment?
I have several moments which have felt surreal, but one moment was when I was walking with a friend of mine along the Tiva River in Tsavo East northern area and we had seven wild dogs flush a waterbuck out from the bushes and into the river, they were totally engrossed in what they were doing that they paid no attention to us whatsoever. We sat within 50 feet of them as they went about their business. After they had finished eating they finally took notice of us and came over to investigate, sniffing our camera bag – the pups almost wanted to play with us. Another memorable time was not so long ago at Sasaab lodge when I drove into the Ewaso Nyiro river (which was empty!) and sat with a group of elephants playing in a well they had just dug, they were all around the car totally relaxed, it was beautiful.

What is your favourite animal to see and why?
Again there are several, but a big bull elephant who has lived through all the terrible times in Kenya’s history is always quite incredible – what these guys have seen in their lifetimes and been through is unbelievable. Leopards are also a very hot favorite – the thrill of the chase and then finally finding them is wonderful.

If you could teach your guests one thing, what would it be?
That snakes are an important part of this eco-system and all though they are scary to most, if left alone these creatures are remarkable and beautiful – I like to think that after being with guests they leave with a whole new perspective on our reptilian world.

What is the one thing your guests may not know about being a guide?
Being a professional guide is a job that requires multi-tasking, not only does one need to keep guests happy and safe – one has to know a lot about vehicles, medical aid, wildlife and of course one has to be able to have an international knowledge of what is happening in the world. While it may be considered to be a bad job by most – you will find that some of the top African wildlife guides in the world are incredible gentlemen with huge capabilities!

Story courtesy Bush & Beyond

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