Though Anton was born in Yorkshire, his life has taken him all over Kenya in a variety of guide and camp management positions. He grew up in Western Kenya after his parents moved there when he was a small boy. After completing his university studies in England, he returned to Kenya where he joined the Kenya Wildlife Service in Shimba Hills National Park, primarily monitoring and studying the impact of elephants in the park. For the past decade Anton has been involved in lodge management, conservation and guiding. As manager of Porini Camp in the Selengai conservancy, he not only looked after guests’ needs but also liaised with the community to mitigate human-wildlife conflict. Eventually he started a mobile camping division and moved to Lake Nakuru National Park and then the Masaai Mara.
Anton worked as a freelance guide, returned to lodge management near Tsavo East National Park, then joined his wife at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where they were a mobile support unit moving throughout Tsavo National Park helping with anti-poaching training, the elephant project, and moving film crews around the various projects run by the trust. A major part of the job was targeting communities that bordered the park in order to reduce possible wildlife conflicts. Anton was part of the effort that successfully re-opened the northern area of Tsavo in 2006, which had previously been closed to the public since the 1960s due to poaching problems.
Anton's next stop was Meru National Park where he managed Elsa's Kopje camp, including training its guides. Within a year, three out of the five guides at the camp had attained silver-level status, an accomplishment he remains very proud of. After the husband-wife team moved on to manage Ol Donyo Wuas, owned by Great Plains Conservation (the enterprise of film makers Derek & Beverley Joubert and Colin Bell), the camp became the first in Kenya to be selected for the Exclusive Resorts Once-in-a-Lifetime portfolio. With this status, Anton gained additional experience dealing with a very high-end clientele, as the camp saw a steady stream of celebrities and Forbes-list executives. Anton and his wife left the Chyulu Hills in 2011 to build their own lodge bordering Nairobi National Park. He continues to do freelance guiding, including for Natural Habitat Safaris.
When it comes to wildlife, Anton's speciality is snakes. In 2008, he helped discover a new species of cobra that was named after James Ash. To read more about the snake, look it up on the National Geographic website – Naja Ashes, or the largest spitting cobra in the world!