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Peter Meena

Peter (nickname Petro) was born in Marangu in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. One of 10 children, his father was a doctor who on retirement bought a farm in the Arumeru District near Arusha. After attending primary school in Arusha, he returned to Kilimanjaro to attend secondary school. Shortly after graduation, he went to work with his father on the farm. In 1993, he was given a chance to take a job as a driver-guide and has now built up nearly 15 years of experience in the bush.

Peter’s favorite animal is, surprisingly, the spotted hyena. He enjoys watching large families of hyenas interact with each other and feels that they are a powerful predator. He feels that the hyena has received a bad reputation because of its appearance and belief that it is a scavenger. Quite the contrary is true as hyenas are only opportunistic scavengers and hunt far more often then they scavenge. In a study conducted in the Ngorongoro Crater it was determined that out of all the hyena kills observed, only 4% of the kills where scavenged. In the Crater it was also concluded that lions scavenge more from hyena killed game then vice versus.

Peter’s favorite bird is the Flappet Lark. This is because of its soothing call and beauty in flight. Peter loves to follow the movement of the wildebeest migration and he has an uncanny ability in finding the largest wildebeest herds in the far reaches of the Serengeti. He enjoys game driving the Seronera Valley in the Central Serengeti as there are so many different species of animals that can easily be seen. As you might expect, his favorite park is the Serengeti.

When not on safari, Peter enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He is a movie buff and enjoys watching a variety of movies.


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  REGGIE MATEMU   EARNEST SITTA   PAUL SHAYO
  ALEXANDER LYIMO   EVAREST MBOYA   PETER MEENA
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  DEO WILLIAMS   NICKSON KASSIM   WILFRED FUE