Kuki Gallmann

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Kuki Gallmann (1 June 1943— ) is an Italian writer and poet. Born in Treviso, Veneto, she moved to Kenya in 1972 with her husband and son and is now a Kenyan citizen. She wrote several books about her life in Africa, all of them in English; the best known is I Dreamed of Africa. A movie adaptation of the book, starring Kim Basinger, was made in 2000. She lives in Kenya with her daughter, and she manages several social, environmental and scientific projects. Her son died of a snake bite. Her husband Paolo died in a car accident.


As a teenager she went with her father to Africa visiting the Sahara Desert. In 1970 she visited again and fell in love with the land. She moved to Kenya with her second husband Paolo and her son Emanuele in 1972.

Between 1972 and 1980 they acquired Ol Ari Nyiro, a 100,000 acre (400 km²) cattle ranch, on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, in Northern Kenya where they created the first ever anti poaching squad to protect the largest population of Black Rhino in Africa and large populations of elephants, buffalo and leopards. Kuki became deeply involved with conservation.

In 1980 her husband was killed in an automobile accident while bringing a crib home for their unborn baby. Three years later her 17-year old son Emanuele died of a snake bite while trying to extract viper venom for antiserum.

Kuki founded the Gallmann Memorial Foundation in honor of Paolo and Emanuele and dedicated her life to saving the environment...
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