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A World Without Elephants

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As I write this, I just learned about the horror of 87 elephants slaughtered for their ivory in Botswana in early September.

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- Oct 17, 2018
Studying the Indirect Effects of Wildlife Loss at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya

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First thing on Monday morning, I get into the driver’s side of the Land Cruiser, grasping the “holy sh*t” handle to hoist myself up into the seat. My field team clambers into the back; the other front…

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- Jul 16, 2016
Warrior Princess, A Warning

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When Mindy Budgor, a prospective MBA student, decided to go to Kenya as a volunteer to build a school for the Maasai, she had no idea where this choice would ultimately lead her. As Mindy helped build…

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- Oct 01, 2015
Review of Warrior Princess

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“Warrior Princess: My Quest to Become the First Female Maasai Warrior” was either adored or berated, depending on the audience. Women’s magazines loved the book. Others disliked it, claiming no white woman…

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- Sep 28, 2015
A Maasai Perspective: Salaton Ole Ntutu

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Chief Salaton Ole Ntutu lives in Kenya, where he runs a tourist camp and cultural center. Last year, Salaton visited the United States for a month to fundraise and raise awareness about his camp. During…

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- May 28, 2015
In Predatory Light

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The photography and text filling the pages of In Predatory Light: Lions and Tigers and Polar Bears haunt like the dissolving edges of a gripping dream. This new book by art and conservation power couple…

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- Mar 17, 2014
My life in the Naimina Enkiyio Forest, Part II

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Continue on the journey through the forests of East Africa with Maasai warrior Alfred Mepukori, who tells readers about growing up Maasai, why elephants matter, and survival in the Naimina Enkiyio Forest.

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- Nov 18, 2013
My life in the Naimina Enkiyio Forest, Part I

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The area of land popularly known as Loita lies in southern Kenya between the Ngurman-Magadi escarpment and the Maasai Mara National Game Reserve. It covers an area of 1,700 km2 within the Loita Division…

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- Nov 11, 2013
Displacement of Local Peoples

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For thousands of years, people have depended on their natural surroundings for their livelihoods. Sustaining the environment and minimizing their impact on it remain necessities for survival. It is these…

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- Feb 03, 2013
Lysander’s Song

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You know that feeling, looking back on childhood memories, when you aren’t sure whether the memory is actually yours? Perhaps you extrapolated from a photo you saw or drew from stories you were told. Like…

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- Aug 06, 2012
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

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Alexandra Fuller’s new book details the experiences of her mother, “Nicola Fuller of Central Africa,” an honest, loving portrait of a courageous and enchantingly eccentric woman who fell in love with Africa…

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- May 28, 2012
On the Wild Plains

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As a husband and wife photography team, Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson have traveled the globe capturing some of the rarest ecosystems, each in danger of falling off the map in the wake of habitat destruction…

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- Apr 02, 2012