17 June 2019

Living in Harmony with Lions | Lion Conservation | &Beyond

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The Maasai people in Kenya have learned how live in harmony with the wildlife there. Lions in Africa are now considered vulnerable to critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The entire ecosystem in Africa will be harmed without them. Things such as poaching, habitat loss, and human conflict are the main reasons as to why lions are disappearing. The Maasai value livestock greatly, and this ends up causing problems between them and lions.

Key Takeaways:

  • When the authors and his expedition team unexpectedly arrived at a Maasai village, they met courageous warriors who greeted them warmly.
  • They were given a hut that was to be their sleepout and it was as if the Maasai village had prepared for their visit.
  • Although the experience was uncomfortable and uncertain for the author, he states that it was an eye opening and exciting time for him.

“One grey and particularly wet evening last June, we were on our way to what we thought was a bush sleepout in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. Instead, we arrived unexpectedly at a traditional Maasai village.”

Read more: https://www.andbeyond.com/stories/conservation-and-community/living-in-harmony-with-lions/

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