The driving vision behind Nick's conservation work is to enable valuable conservation ideas to move from design to reality. The success of Nick's work relies heavily on strong teamwork and dedicated people who have an authentic commitment to Kenya’s wild spaces and the communities around them. His conservation and development career spans over 30 years during which he has acquired invaluable experience working with the Kenya Wildlife Service, conservation partners and private partners. His work is multi-faceted and includes community engagement, habitat conservation, endangered wildlife protection, aerial surveys, programme design and implementation. As Executive Director, Nick oversees the Trust's operations; donor reporting, financial management, policies, communications, and oversight along with field-based action. Nick relishes hands-on coordination, team capacity building, community engagement and practical field work, with regular exposure to national policy, planning and regulatory conservation processes. Nick is committed to forward-thinking raptor conservation and is always open to collaboration with partners.
Executive Director Kenya Bird of Prey trust
Director Soysambu Raptor Centre and Soysambu Raptor Project
Simon Thomsett has been handling raptors since he was six years old. As a teenager, he assisted the late Dr, Leslie Brown in the 1970s. In 1976, Rosy, a male Crowned Eagle was rescued in the Aberdares and Simon dedicated his life to his care to over three thousand injured, orphaned, poisoned and sick raptors. In 1991 Simon began the Peregrine Fund raptor conservation and research work in Kenya. He has travelled to Madagascar, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde Islands, India and Nepal, supporting and training dozens of academic students in raptor conservation, encouraging the rehabilitation of raptors including the art and science of falconry, and improving raptor veterinary practices. Simon has appeared in several BBC and National Geographic documentaries. Having constructed 5 centres in protected areas in Kenya, Simon built a remote raptor centre on Soysambu Conservancy in 2014 where he now lives. In 2015, along with Shiv Kapila and Sarah Higgins, he co-founded the Kenya Bird of Prey Trust as a means to not only conduct practical raptor conservation but also to ensure that the injured birds that will never be releasable are secure for their lifetime, which in the case of Rosy was 42 years.
Working with many of Africa’s foremost experts in the raptor field, Shiv has developed a keen interest in the conservation of Africa’s birds and a great love for raptors in particular. With a Masters in Conservation from University College London, Shiv has worked on a variety of research projects in Kenya: studying the Sharpe’s Longclaw in central Kenya; Colobus monkeys on the Kenyan coast; Martial Eagles on the Athi Plains; owls along the Kenyan coast; vultures and their catastrophic decline in Africa and India. Shiv is has also studied the African Fish Eagle. Shiv is a talented wildlife photographer. His photographs have appeared in many Kenyan publications, among them Swara Magazine, Africa Geographic and Kenya Birding, as well as newspaper articles, both local and abroad. Shiv manages the Naivasha Raptor Centre, on the south shore of Lake Naivasha. He is a co-founder of the Kenya Bird of Prey Trust which he established with Simon and Sarah Higgins in 2015. Shiv's prime motivation is to work hands-on with raptors large and small. He is particularly connected to the growing collection of non-releasable vultures at the Naivasha Raptor Centre and invites all to visit the Centre where he will happily show you around and introduce you to the birds.
Director Naivasha Raptor Centre and Naivasha Raptor Project
At the age of seven Stratton’s life-long obsession with birds began. It started with identifying barbets and turacos in his parent’s garden and has culminated in his current pursuit of a PhD at Wageningen University studying Martial Eagle ecology in the Maasai Mara. Stratton has 10 years of experience working in the Mara and currently manages KBoPT’s programs in this world-renowned ecosystem. One of his priorities is capacity building and investment in passionate individuals from local communities as they are the future of conservation in Kenya. He hopes to build a talented and dedicated team in the Mara that puts KBoPT’s mission in action daily. Stratton is committed to using science to drive conservation action and believes strongly that long-term population monitoring is critical for measuring conservation success and holding organizations like KBoPT accountable. If you are in the Mara and spot a green Land Rover roaming the grasslands, feel free to pull Stratton over and engage him in conversation. He is always excited to learn from and share his birding and conservation knowledge with others.
Director Mara Raptor Centre and Mara Raptor Project
Project Manager Mara Raptor Project
Lemein Par is from Orkoroi in Narok County. He is a project manager and research assistant with Kenya Bird of Prey Trust. He manages relationships with stakeholders and guests in the Mara. In the field, he monitors raptor breeding sites and locates prey remains to ground-truth transmitter data.
Dr. Juliet Waiyaki
In her third year of veterinary school Juliet realised that she favoured wildlife medicine and pursuing this was the best decision she ever made. At Kenya Bird of Prey Trust she learned about raptors and this learning never stops. "What I find most fulfilling is knowing that I have the ability to treat an injured or poisoned bird and give it the best chance at survival. I think there are very few rewards in the world and to me this must be the best of them all."
Project Coordinator Mara Raptor Project
Duncan is from Siana in the greater Mara and is a silver level KPGSA guide and a recent graduate of KWSTI. In April 2023 he started as a project coordinator for the Mara Raptor Project team, monitoring raptor breeding sites.
Comms & Fundraising
Joni has a broad interest in wildlife, from lions to lizards, from rodents to raptors. She's particularly interested in conservation at a landscape level where both humans and wildlife can coexist. Joni joined the Kenya Bird of Prey Trust last June and helped develop the website, our quarterly newsletter and manages our social media. She loves annotating camera-trap images which makes her very useful for our research on Martial Eagle nest activity.
Mwanzia has been working with raptors since 1996, is now one of a handful of Kenya’s most experienced trainer/handlers of raptors. He has worked with at least 30 species including all the large eagles, large falcons and most vulture species including the Lammergeyer. Mwanzia is instrumental in caring for the raptors as well as playing a key role in show casing the birds to the Kenya public, particularly school children who come to see the birds on school outings.
Mwapa has worked with raptors since 2000 and came to join us in 2014, extending his capacity to working with injured and debilitated raptors. He is particularly skilled in training raptors and together with Mwanzia he has coached several students, including volunteers, in raptor management and husbandry.
Leah's passion for nature started when she was 10 years old. While growing up on Soysambu Conservancy, she would sneak out every day from home to walk in the nearby forest to watch birds. Leah first worked at Soysambu Raptor Centre where she helped rehabilitate "Tawny" and now works in visitor hospitality at the Naivasha Raptor Centre.
Visitor Hospitality and Technician
Jonathan was born and raised on the northern side of Lake Naivasha at a ranch where his father worked as a wildlife ranger. His love for wildlife started when I was young and he loved to accompany his dad during his patrols from Loldia all the way up to Eburru Forest.
At school he attended sessions from the Elsamere's environmental awareness team and learnt about the importance of the environment and the challenges and threats facing our environment. Jonathan joined the Kenya Bird of Prey trust early 2018.
Admin & Finance
Kate has a strong passion for environmental and conservation issues and works with organizations making an impact in the conservation landscape. She joined our team in 2021 and handles the finances for the Trust, also supporting our Executive Director Nick Trent with administration.