One of the most important things to me was to make sure that my sister was still going to school. Perhaps she will one day be able to follow in my footsteps to become a Maasai wildlife conservationist, which would be a great achievement, even more so because she is female. Maasai do not recognize any role played by women in society, and this why I want my younger sister to become one of the pioneers in a field dominated by men. Here I am being welcomed back to the community.
As I write this I have now returned to my job, working with the Lion Guardians project; I haven’t yet met any of the new Lion Guardians and am very excited to meet them and chat about my stay in the UK. It has not been easy for me since I got back to the office, especially having to tell the same stories a dozen times! But being part of the Maasai community, I have to tell everyone what I thought of the UK. The most curious aspect is what the weather was like, the type of food I was eating and what I have brought back to the community. This particularly has taken centre stage since the drought has taken most of the people’s livelihood; their livestock. I can feel the effect now and I hope with your support we can hire more Lion Guardians to bridge the gap that has been created by the drought.
There is more to come as I try to settle in. A lot has changed, from the new Lion Guardians to the new coordinator of the Eselenkei Group Ranch, Eric Ole Kesoi. The project now has twice the amount of Guardians since last I was here!
Last but not least is to wish you all belated New Year wishes and a prosperous 2010, as I bring you news of the day to day life in Maasailand and the lions. I am so glad to be back with the project and am very pleased to once again be bringing the news of the Lion Guardians to you.