I was born in Sesero on September 6, 1956.
I am married to Susane Nyirandegeya, with whom I have seven children: four boys and three girls. I started out in conservation in 1997. It was during the war and the ICCN was recruiting people to reinforce the park rangers. I am a native of the park: I was born and brought up here and that makes me different from other people. I knew from firsthand experience about all the good work that the park authorities do. So I really wanted to work in the park. In my daily life I draw energy from living and working in such close proximity to these exceptional animals. At the moment I work in the Mikeno sector with the mountain gorillas. As a native of Virunga I want everyone to know about this wonderful corner of the planet and all the great things that happen here. I hope that we can keep up the numbers of gorillas, not just here but all over the world. I have devoted myself and all my efforts to their survival. During the war I stayed in the park with some of the other rangers and we followed the gorillas in the Mikeno sector. It was pretty tough for a month but, thankfully, all our families were OK. I’m very proud of what we did during that period.