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Education on Safari’s Guides and Veterinary CE Speakers

Head Guide

George Mbwambo, Safari Head Guide

George Mbonea Mbwambo

We are fortunate to have George Mbwambo as our head guide for this trip. George has 20 years of experience as a guide in northern Tanzania and is well-known within the guiding community. He was born in a village in the Pare Mountains, went to primary and secondary school in Arusha and Moshi, and attended Mount Meru Tour Guide College. George now resides in Arusha. He has a keen eye and his ability to spot a leopard in a distant tree just because he saw its tail will astound you. Additionally, George is an avid birder and enjoys sharing his passion with others. Traveling with George is a delight. He is committed to offering the best safari possible and has a lovely, engaging nature and wonderful sense of humor.


Rose McMurphy, Safari Speaker

Rose McMurphy, DVM, Diplomate ACVAA and ACVECC

Dr. McMurphy grew up in Idaho and attended undergrad at the University of Idaho in Moscow. She graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, interned at Cornell University, and completed a 3- year residency in anesthesiology at the University of Florida. After 3 years on faculty at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she joined the faculty at Kansas State University in September of 1989. Dr. McMurphy was a visiting lecturer at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh Scotland from 1996-97, then returned to Kansas State University. She is a board-certified diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and of the American College of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, and has authored numerous publications on the physiologic effects of anesthetics. She has a passion for international travel and has been to more than 20 countries on 6 continents. Her first experience in Africa was a trip in 2009 to Tanzania and Kenya and she was hooked, returning 10 times including 2 visits with students from Kansas State University.

Mary Lynn Higginbotham, Safari Speaker

Mary Lynn Higginbotham, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology)

Dr. Higginbotham grew up in northwest Missouri, and received her undergraduate degree from Northwest Missouri State University and her DVM from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She interned at Veterinary Specialists of Rochester in New York and completed a residency in oncology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Following her residency, she joined a specialty practice in Kansas City, but was soon recruited by Auburn University where she was on faculty for approximately 4 years. Dr. Higginbotham joined the faculty of Kansas State University in 2010. She has authored numerous publications and has a particular interest in lymphoma. She is co-editor of the textbook Cancer Management in Small Animal Practice. Dr. Higginbotham loves to spend time outdoors and lives in Manhattan, Kansas with her husband Jonathan, and their two children, Alexander and Emerson.