Conservancy land is shared between community members, most of whom are herdsmen who rely on this open terrain to graze their cattle, sheep, and goats.
But because the Selenkay Conservancy is situated right outside of Amboseli, Kenya’s second-most popular national park, it’s also shared with larger, four-legged neighbors like Marti.
Clearly there’s more than the environmentally motivated preservation of animals and their habitats at stake.
If Kenya’s wildlife disappears, so does its second-largest source of income.
Park fees, lodging, and safari services rake in millions of dollars annually.
The tourism industry accounts for over 12 percent of Kenya’s GDP and employs more than 300,000 people.
Tracking Africa’s largest cat on foot may sound like a death wish, but Kasaine has been doing it for most of his life.
Born to a traditional Maasai family, he quickly grew to understand the simultaneous beauty and peril of the savannah wildlife.
For many in the community, tracking was mainly a matter of self-protection.But Kasaine likely didn’t know that, years later, he would be tracking lions specifically to encounter them – and to protect them.Today he leads a small group of wide-eyed tourists over one of the conservancy’s red sandy paths, searching for the lion that has left upon it his massive, unmistakable print.n a cool, gray morning, Wilson ole Kasaine heads out along a dirt path deep in the savannah of southern Kenya.
A red cotton cloth known as a shuka is draped across his shoulders, accented by brightly-beaded jewelry worn to indicate seniority.ach year, tens of thousands of tourists flock to Kenya’s national parks to try to catch a glimpse of the “big five”: elephants, rhinoceros, leopards, buffalos, and lions.