The other day I was traveling back to camp; I had been to the place where the lion was speared, to investigate what had happened there. I had to get a public bus and since it was full, I had to stand all the way. During my journey I noticed a group of non-Maasai people on the bus. From their conversation they looked like they were from Tanzania. Half way through the journey, we came across a herd of more than 10 giraffes browsing nonchalantly on the Acacias by the roadside.
On seeing this, the guys all stood up from their seats staring at them with great amazement. They were so excited that they had to ask the driver to stop the bus so they could have a better look at these beautiful creatures. They did not even care that they were delaying some of us who see this every day!
Then I started thinking: why don’t most communities endowed with natural resources appreciate the beauty of the land provided to them free of charge? What would happen if a lion crossed the road in front of us and these people saw it, like this one in the Masai Mara? Would they be struck by the lion’s beauty also, or would they be scared and want to kill it?
These are some of the questions that linger in my mind as I sit at my desk at camp.