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Dr. Malu Celli, Trip Host

"Malu interacted wonderfully with everyone in our group and the ages ranged between 8 and 66 y/o. She also interacted extremely well with our tour guides and drivers in each setting. She was proactive on our behalf at all times. She was absolutely terrific! we lucked out!"(Kenya & Tanzania Zoofari, August 2012)

"Malu was excellent in eliciting information from all the guides, which added to the ambianceof the entire trip. She was an ideal leader."  and "Her knowledge, enthusiasm and concern for the quality of our experience made the trip." (Kenya & Tanzania Zoofari, January 2014)

Dr Malu Celli grew up in Brazil where working on family farms and participating in university and NGO projects brought her closer to the animal world. With a bachelor degree in Biology, she pursued Master and Doctorate degrees at Kyoto University, where she studied and cared for several species of primates. Research topics took her to many Japanese islands and to Africa (to spend time with macaques and chimpanzees), and her taste for adventure drove her to explore Australia and most of South and North East Asia.

As a researcher and traveler, Malu has experienced first hand the impact education has on conservation of species and their ecosystems. Aiming to share her passion for the natural world with millions of others she worked on several wildlife documentaries, first as a scientific collaborator, and later as TV presenter and production coordinator. That meant predicting the unexpected and being ready for it all, whether finding a hyena den in the desert, helping film the world’s oldest living plant in a volcano crater, driving across Namibia after the perfect sunset or catering for a film crew’s every need – 24/7, and with a smile!

After her move to the UK Malu’s zoo career took shape. To date she has dedicated more than a decade to education and conservation at prestigious institutions such as London and Bristol Zoo and Woburn Safari Park, as an animal keeper and trainer, presenter and manager, and she is now Curator at the Calgary Zoo. Her current venture is to manage the amazing animals and staff in South America, Rainforest, Program Animals and the new addition, Penguin Plunge. The passion Malu has for traveling hasn’t waned and recent adventures include India, North Africa, much of Europe and, in 2012 she was a naturalist-host on a Zoofari to Kenya & Tanzania.

Malu hosted our January 2014 Zoofari to Kenya & Tanzania. It was a great success and she looks forward to hosting another safari in 2016.  


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