My name is Patti Vaughn, they call me Shangazi (auntie) in Tanzania. I am an American with a deep almost obsessive love for Tanzania, its people and its wildlife. I have a double degree in art and anthropology but my profession is real estate rentals. I love cats and have a pile of them at home, mostly rescues. My first trip to Tanzania was in 1990, and my heart was captured by the country. I have been going back as often as I can ever since. I have a passion for wildlife and wildlife photography but wanted to do more than take pictures, and when my friend Philipo contacted me about a leopard problem they were having in his village of Nainokanoka, I found a way that I could help the wildlife, livestock, and the people. And Tanzania Lion Illumination Project was born. Human/wildlife conflict is a huge problem in rural Tanzania. With the lights, we can stop much of this. We can keep the livestock safe, which keeps the predators safe from retaliatory killing. This is the most important job I will ever have and I am totally dedicated to TLIP and what we are doing.
My driver, Tanzania born and raised, who has been a driver/guide since 1982, who is our foreman and organizer, who gets us where we need to go, even if there are no roads, who gets us fed, finds us beds , and guards and protects us. We call him Swai, and Swai loves doing this work, he loves the challenge, and saving wildlife. He has been my driver/guide on safari, for many years, and still is but he loves doing physical work, instead of just driving.
I am Philipo Ormorijei, a resident of Nainokanoka. I live with my family, there are five of us, three boys and two girls. I am happy with the creatures of God, wild animals and livestock. I am the first person in Tanzania to request my friends from different countries to help me with lights in our village. We are bringing safety to people and wild animals. I am very interested in wildlife. I have been a local guide taking people on trekking safaris, and visits to local bomas. I met Shangazi as her guide on a trek into Empaakai Crater a few years ago.
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