Maasai Cultural Village
The lion population
of Nairobi National Park in Kenya has drastically decreased
due to conflicts with the Maasai warriors in the Kitengela Conservation
Area resulting from depredation of Maasai livestock. The
Maasai are dependant on their livestock alone, and because of
the lions' predation, 27 of the 40 lions in the park have been
Bill Jordan Wildlife Defense Fund USA's newest
project, in alliance with African Pro-poor Tourism Development
Center, is funding a community project aimed at providing an
incentive to the Maasai community to protect wildlife within
the Kitengela Conservation Area. Through the development
of the Olormakaun Maasai Cultural Village (Olormakaun is a Maasai
word meaning hippo, as the village is located next to Hippo
Point), we hope that this can be possible.
Phase One: The first phase of the project is complete, including
conservation education, registration of the group as a co-operative
society, selling of land shares to the members (currently 51),
and construction of Maasai huts and goat pens.
Phase Two: The second phase will include construction of 8 more
Maasai huts, construction of the community curio shop, community
lecture hall, bridge and cattle boma, as well as preparation
of camping grounds.
help us raise funds to complete the second phase of the project!
With an adoption of the Maasai village, you can receive an authentic
Maasai bead necklace, bangle or other jewelry made
for you by the Maasai women, along with an adoption certificate
featuring the village and a 6 month update on the progress of
Adoption Pack $55
(Example of authentic Maasai bead necklace)
The Aberdare National
Park is one of the most spectacular wildlife areas in East Africa.
It is a mountainous area containing a wealth of species including
the endangered black rhino and many elephants. It is famous
for the Treetops Hotel where Princess Elizabeth was staying
when her father King George VI died and she became Queen 50
There is one major
problem. The land around the park is fertile and intensively
farmed, which is a great attraction to wildlife as an easy source
of food. Elephants, baboons, as well as other species, come
out of the park at night to feed on crops and destroy more than
they eat, so they are shot by the farmers. Many are injured
and retreat to the park to suffer.
solution is to erect an electrified fence powered by solar panels,
and a local charity called Rhino Ark was formed to tackle the
fund raising and the work. 156 Kilometers of fence has already
been erected to the delight of the farmers, but 160 Kilomete4rs
still remain to be done. The fence serves another purpose -
it deters poachers.
recently wooden posts were used and not only are they expensive
but it depletes the forests of Kenya where there is a looming
timber crisis. So Rhino Ark did some lateral thinking and began
to make the posts from plastic waste which helps to relieve
the country of choking plastic pollution. The waste is used
raw without cleaning, fed into a milling machine and then through
the extruder into a mould. The posts are 6 inches thick and
10 feet long. They have several advantages over wood. The electric
wire can be fixed directly to the post without insulation. It
is more difficult for baboons to maneuver over the smooth fence
post as they now do with the wooden posts. The post doesn't
break like the wooden post when leaned on be an elephant. They
bend and spring back again. They are, of course, cheaper.
The machine to make them is old. Rhino Ark bought it second-hand.
A new one costs $37,000. In addition, wire has to be purchased.
Ark came to us for help and we are asking for your support.
is a most worthy project. The fence protects wildlife from poachers,
protects farmland, recycles waste plastic and takes the pressure