Simon Thomsetts Crowned Eagle – Rosey, a 38 year old male, went completely blind due to catarax in both of his eyes. After a successful eye surgery and laser treatment his eye-sight has been restored and he is now able to begin mating again at the Little Owl Sanctuary in Naivasha, Kenya.
Lenkakwai Sapiyon explains how in Samburu culture each family was associated with an animal clan. Following this association, Lenkakwai tells us a few tales passed down through generations leading to their way of life regarding the animals today.
Joseph Mayo was hired as the first chimpanzee keeper for the Sweet Waters Chimpanzee Sanctuary at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in 1993 and has worked with the orphaned chimpanzees since then. He explains how he feels the chimpanzees have become a part of his family and so wishes more people would understand and help in the conservation of such wildlife.
I was taken by surprise when a 90 year old Maasai elder told me a story about the big foot creature. I had heard other legends of ogres and beasts that patrol forests and I always believed that they were told to keep children from getting into danger. I told our interpreter that similar bigfoot stories exist in USA and elsewhere, “Yes but those are stories, this is true” he insisted. In fact two elders claimed that they had actually seen it and this was good enough for the youth to believe it.
Later, I told the story to David Coulson, the Director of the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA) and asked if he had ever heard of similar stories on his travels across Africa. David listened in stunned silence, then narrated his own experiences of “lion men” in Tanzania. He said he read a book written by a Tanzanian policeman about them, and had met a nurse who had witnessed a lion man. It emerged that children, often mentally challenged individuals, were held and trained by witches to be his assassins. They would be kept in a pit and raised in a feral state for this purpose. The horror inflicted by lion men emerged in Singida when 103 people were killed by lion men in 1946 and 1947 and this has been written up here and here.
Six decades ago Queen Elizabeth was on safari in Kenya when she her father, King George VI died, making her Queen. William Kimosop describes the sites in the magical Tugen Hills that had been prepared for her visit, why they were chosen and what he is doing with them now.
When Anthony Kasanga, formerly of the lion guardians , invited me to his wedding it was a great opportunity to experience a traditional Maasai wedding ceremony, and to examine how much has changed since his fathers time.
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