Meet Kyle the Curator of the watamu snake farm
Kyle is a 5th generation Kenyan, born and raised in Nairobi. As a child, Kyle was fascinated by the family pet python, and the knowledge and skills of his grandparents, both professional hunters and wildlife wardens. On holidays, Kyle would stay with them on their farm in Tanzania, where he learned about animal behavior from his grandad and bush skills from a Tindiga tribe bushman. He spent his days making bows and arrows and exploring the bush.
In his teens Kyle competed in motocross representing Kenya in many events, but when he was not on a bike, he could be found fishing or looking for snakes! However, a two-week work experience at Bio-Ken snake farm really solidified his love for snakes, and at every opportunity Kyle would return to work there. Kyle immersed himself in the farm and learned everything he could from his mentor and friend Royjan Taylor.
Academics were never his priority and he left school as soon as he could, preferring to spend time developing his skills in the things he loved. As well as furthering his snake knowledge and handling skills, he trained as a walking guide in Botswana.
Kyle has worked as a lodge manager and freelance guide all over Kenya and Tanzania, always taking the time to share his passion for snakes and carrying out community awareness talks and snake relocations when needed.
When Royjan tragically passed away suddenly in 2019, Kyle was approached by Royjan’s wife to take over the running of the Watamu Snake Farm and he jumped on the opportunity. His role as snake farm curator has placed Kyle in a position to have a voice in the herp and snakebite world, speaking with leaders in the field, attending major conferences and sharing important developments in research for snakebite treatment. When it comes to snakes there are few people with more knowledgeable and more passion than Kyle.
To see Kyle in action and benefit from his infectious enthusiasm for reptiles and extensive knowledge, visit Watamu Snake Farm or arrange a snake safari with us!