Tofauti Podcast

Tofauti Podcast

Tofauti means 'difference' in Swahili. Crista Cullen MBE, Kenyan-raised and third generation conservationist is leveraging her position to help raise awareness within the conservation arena. The series will bring together a network of individuals united in their passion to make a difference. Authentic and eloquent, and driven daily to leave the world a better place, the series will leave listeners in a more positive place to know how to help, and help them understand the real issues on the ground with precision and realism. Guests include: renowned British Broadcaster, Clare Balding OBE


March 17, 2021 25 mins

Africa's is known for its extraordinary wildlife and conservation efforts. Because of weak rule of law, this is under threat.  African lawyers are toiling to address the problem but there are issues of resources and capacity that undermine the ability of prosecutors to prioritise wildlife cases alongside all of the other serious criminal matters that they have to deal with.

In this podcast, we gain exclusive insights from crimi...

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Richard Moller is a born and bred Kenyan and is reputational for his hands on approach to wildlife conservation. He has held roles within Lewa Conservancy becoming the Chief Conservation Officer, worked with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust all culminating in 15 years of extensive experience in this field. 
Richard then set up the Tsavo Trust ones of Tofauti's valued partners, and he holds a honorary wardens position wit...

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Charlie co-founded the charity Tusk Trust which HRH The Duke of Cambridge is an active Royal Patron.

Charlie and Crista have known each other for many years, as a board member capacity for Galana Wildlife Conservancy (GWC) whereby Tusk supported GWC as a vehicle to get funds to source. Crista has admired Tusk's impact on the ground and understandably Tofauti has partnered with similar conservationists in the landscape. 

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As a specialist in the primate field, Johannes gives us a detailed insight into his extensive research and work to help the Gorillas and other primate species. 
The battles much like all within the conservation landscape are very real, and when you bring human conflict in some of the war-torn countries where you find some of these species the complexities of the battles become more extensive. 
Population expansion, and peop...

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February 21, 2021 31 mins

Alice Bromage is such a committed person to the cause, as an army officer she learnt and honed so many of the skills that rangers need out in the field. 

Having had extensive experiences through volunteering,  Africa got under her skin and she now works with the Black Mambas - the only all-female anti-poaching unit based in the Kruger Park, South Africa. 

She gives an honest and real account of some of her experie...

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Paolo, a third generation Kenyan, was brought up with conservation all around him in a quaint fishing village off the coast of Kenya. His mother, Nicky, driving Turtle Watch which has supported oceanic endeavour off the coastal parts of Kenya for as long as we can remember. 

Paolo's insight is through the lenses of the tourism partners around the continent, offering adventure and experiences like no other through his ...

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Richard Bonham knows the Amboseli ecosystem like no other, having operated there since the 80's, he grew Big Life Foundation from humble beginnings to now a sizeable operation spanning across 1.2 million acres in Kenya and additional 400,000 in Tanzania (1.6 million total).

Admired for being willing to try new adaptive ways to engage people into the broader solution, Crista discusses with him the Predator Compensation Program w...

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February 5, 2021 39 mins

Listening to Dr Winnie Kiiru you cannot help but be inspired by the real nature of the discussion. 

Winnie is a passionate African woman who wants the people to be at the very core of the solution. Her spirit animal is the elephant and she has studied elephant behaviour for decades. She recounts her journey which she fell into as a researcher with the Kenyan Wildlife Service, to being offered an opportunity. 

She ...

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Ian Lemaiyan is a committed and humble guy, climbing the ladder from a volunteer with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) at the Nairobi National Park Orphanage, to becoming the 'Rhino man' at Lewa Conservancy (flying for Northern Rangelands Trust), and now to being one of the pilots back with the KWS. 

His passion for wildlife species is infectious and he goes into detail about the identification process of Rhinos ...

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David, as an oceanic specialist, gave an insight into the world of coral reefs degradation, the bleaching effects that climate change has done to the seas and how that has affected other species. 

He shares a detailed account of his work, and how we must act now if we are to start to counteract the growing compounded issue. 

We were blissfully joined by the cicadas in the trees giving a gentle humming sound and th...

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Ian is known for his lifetime contribution to wildlife conservation. 
He pioneered, with some able support, the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) which now consists of 39 conservancies in the Northern Frontier of Kenya. 
The unique element is that they are all community owned and indigenously run, enabling opportunities to the local people to be the masters of their own destinies. 

Ian recounts an inspiring story of ...

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December 29, 2020 22 mins

In this episode Tofauti Founder, Crista Cullen MBE talks with renowned British Broadcaster, Clare Balding OBE about how we can make a difference.  (Tofauti means 'difference' in Swahili.)

Clare has been pivotal in our journey with Tofauti since its inception in 2018, by offering her time and effort as our MC at both our Conservation Balls, and also taking the time to visit some of the Tofauti Foundation projects ...

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December 17, 2020 4 mins

The Tofauti Pod Series teaser features Tofauti Founder, Crista Cullen MBE with renowned British Broadcaster, Clare Balding OBE.  Tofauti means 'difference' in Swahili and was founded in England as a charity operating across the African continent. 
Series coming early 2021. 

Make sure you listen right to the end of this short episode for an entertaining impersonation that will guarantee a laugh. This teaser in...

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September 9, 2020 23 mins

Tofauti Podcast - What an Olympic Champion did next.
Be virtually transported into the African wilderness with the beautiful sounds of the natural bush. This episode is narrated by Gai Cullen, Crista's mother and set on the banks of a dam in Athi River, Kenya.

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