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Jeremia Mwapopi

Jeremia was born in the far northern reaches of Namibia in a region known as Owamboland. As a young boy, his daily chores were herding cattle and goats, cultivating millet crops and collecting water and firewood. His early schooling took place under the shade of a jackalberry tree. During school holidays, he would visit his father who worked at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia's Etosha National Park. It was here that he saw a pride of lions and wildlife  congregating at a waterhole for the first time, an entrancing experience that fostered his interest in wild places and wild animals.

After completing his schooling, Jeremia's fascination with the natural world was affirmed when he was introduced to Dr. Peter Morkel, the renowned rhino veterinarian. He started working as a veterinary assistant to Dr. Morkel before expanding his wildlife and naturalist experience elsewhere. He met up with Dr. Morkel some years later and assisted him with game capture operations in South Africa and Botswana. In 1998, he returned to Namibia to work as a veterinary assistant and game capture supervisor. In 2000, Jeremia enrolled in a hotel management training program and subsequently took a job as a safari guide, the career that has engaged all his enthusiasm since. He has led safaris throughout the whole of Namibia and is passionate about sharing his deep knowledge of geology, fauna, flora and ornithology with his fortunate guests. He also enjoys introducing people to the culture and history of Namibia. When he is not guiding, Jeremia can be found at home with his wife or participating in a game of soccer, one of his favorite pastimes.
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