Friday, March 25, 2011

Ewaso Lions and Sustainable Tourism in Kenya

The Maasai Mara's reputation as a top game viewing destination in Africa is being restored thanks to private conservancies and a collection of small eco-camps, the London Telegraph reports.

Kenya's Porini Camps and Gamewatchers safaris focuses on providing comfortable safari camps that are based on the sound principles of being ecologically and culturally sustainable. Two Porini Camps are located on private conservancies that are owned by local Maasai communities. In the years since the inception of the conservancies, both the wildlife and the local communities have benefited greatly from the presence of tourism. The Maasai have stopped killing the lions who were killing their cattle and the lion population has grown steadily. For each guest at a camp in the conservancy, the Maasai benefit financially and
so do the lions.

Gamewatchers Safaris is actively involved in lion research and conservation through the Ewaso Lions project, as well as a new project at the two Mara camps with lion researchers on site. Read more on the Ewaso Lions project and a recent visit to the Porini Camps here.

Photos courtesy of Gamewatchers Safaris.

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