Ombache Effie a marine biologist by profession. She is very passionate about the marine world. Since having joined Kenya Tropical Sealife, Africa’s leading marine ornamental export company, she has become the lead aquarist with responsibility of taking care of fish, invertebrates and elasmobranches kept in captivity.
Her wide variety of duties primarily focuses on providing care for marine animals and maintaining a quality environment for them. She believes aquaria and zoos are the next direction for conserving marine animals.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
As a marine biologist and lead aquarist I am proud to be able to replicate the marine environment for the fish, invertebrates and elasmobranches in the aquarium. I am proud to be part of the team planning to supply to world’s biggest public aquariums like: Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo, Den bla’ planet and uShaka marine world.
To top it up am proud to initiate a conservation program as a way of giving back to the community. I organize beach cleanups on a monthly basis and conducted rehabilitation for sea turtles.
Who has inspired you in your career?
I look up to many people in this field of work. Mostly am inspired by Dr. Nelly Isigi’s work on bill fish. Dr. Bernard Fulanda, my lecturer at Pwani University and Mike Olendo’s work on sea turtles.
What is your dream research project? Where would you work and with whom?
I would love to work on sharks mostly the Sphyrna lewini in the Western Indian Ocean region under the supervision of Dr. Nina Wambiji and Dr. Nelly Isigi.
Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
As I make my days count I see myself to be the first Kenyan curator in world’s biggest public aquariums. For my passion in marine conservation, in 15 years time I would like to be part of policy maker in matters concerning marine conservation.
What secret talent do you have?
Singing is my secret talent though now it’s no longer a secret.
What do you miss most about the pre-Covid19 world?
First of all I miss the freedom of movement. Conducting beach cleanups is also missed a lot because it’s ever a fun exercise.
What is your quote to live by?
“In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn.”