Donatus grew up in Karatu, just outside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will appreciate his confident, compassionate leadership style and unbounded knowledge of all the wild places we visit on our Tanzania trips and safaris.
Donatus has worked with several conservation organizations in Tanzania, including protection of Northern Highland Forest Reserve within Ngorongoro and monitoring the protection of black rhinos on the Ngorongoro crater floor. Donatus is head of elephant research for Ngorogoro Conservation Center and Chair of the School Board for Kilimatembo Secondary School in Karutu (Elephant Hill School). He was a co-author of the assessment for UNESCO World Heritage Site-status for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Don has a master’s degree in wildlife biology and works as Director of Tourism for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. His thesis paper focused on the ethno-biology of the Hadzabe people, Tanzania’s hunter-gatherers. The Hadzabe still live off the land with their traditional subsistence practices. Don knows these people very well. Depending on which trip you take you may enjoy a fascinating visit with them.
Everyone at Wilderness Inquiry loves Don, especially after he came to Wilderness Inquiry for staff training. While flipping canoes on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, Don made his famous comment, "I am a terrestrial." Tanzanians don’t go swimming much as many dangerous creatures live in the water there.
Donatus will charm you with his warm personality, great sense of humor, and incredible kindness. A native Tanzanian who loves to share his country with others, Don has a truly extensive amount of knowledge about all of Tanzania--he knows every rhino in Ngorongoro Crater by name!