In her first eight years of arrival in Kenya, Kuki Gallmann and herhusband acquired Ol Ari Nyiro, a 100,000 acre (400 km²) cattleranch on the edge of the Great Rift Valley in Northern Kenya. There thecouple built the first ever anti-poaching squad to protect the largestpopulation of Black Rhino in Africa and sizable populations ofelephants, buffalo, and leopards. She became actively involved inconservation.
But Basinger, who stars as tragedy-riddled author Kuki Gallmann in the new film "I Dreamed of Africa" next month, is not consumed by her career. At least not openly.
Sveva Gallmann knows there’s no place like home. Especially if home happens to be Ol ari Nyiro, a 100,000-acre private wildlife reserve in northern Kenya. For Gallmann, 28, daughter of environmentalist and best-selling author Kuki Gallmann, childhood in this wilderness was like an advanced seminar in conservation. Now she’s turned her backyard into an outdoor academy where the traditions of her Kikuyu, Turkana, Samburu, Nandi, and Kalenjin neighbors form the core of her eco-curriculum.
In Veneto, Italy, Kuki Gallmann was born on June 1, 1943. She visitedthe Sahara Desert in Africa along with her father when she was ateenager. She returned to Africa in 1970, at age 27, and moved to Kenyawith her husband, Paolo, and her son, Emanuele, in 1972.