People of the Mara

People of the Mara

The Maasai people live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands. They are considered among Africa’s top conservationists – a practice deeply informed by their cultural practices and indigenous knowledge transmitted across generations.

Popular tourists destinations in East Africa such as the Maasai Mara and Amboseli in Kenya, and Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Tarangire in Tanzania are located inside the Maasai region. The reserves are now considered protected areas set aside for conservation, wildlife viewing, and tourism. Community wildlife conservancies are redefining the conservation concept in these areas into a free roaming space for wildlife, the local Maasai people and their livestock.

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic people whose livelihood is depended on livestock such as cattle, goats and sheep. Livestock serves as a social utility and plays an important role in the Maasai economy.

VISION

A cultural landscape where communities and partners secure wildlife and sustainable livelihoods for a better future.

MISSION

To conserve the greater Maasai Mara ecosystem, through a network of protected areas, for the prosperity of all – biodiversity and wildlife, the local population, and recreation and tourism for the nation of Kenya.

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From crisis to solutions for communities and African conservation, a commentary by KWCA CEO, Dickson Kaelo, MMWCA CEO Daniel Sopia, Damian Bell, Fred Nelson and Richard Diggle . news.mongabay.com/20…

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