The third Maasai Olympics took place in December not far from Great Plains Conservations's spectacular Ol Donyo Lodge. Great Plains are major sponsors of this unique event which works towards conserving big cats in this corner of Kenya. Other supporters include National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative. Together they are able to raise funds and awareness about the work of the Big Life Foundation which includes anti-poaching, education and conservation programs.
By directing energy towards field and track events and focusing on the communal benefits of protecting big cats young Maasai become both athletes and conservationists.In the past twelve months the killing of lions in this area has reduced from over 40 to just one.
Men and women took part in a range of athletic activities in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro - all with one clear goal - the conservation of lions. Smaller regional athletic events, in the lead up to this one, have celebrated Maasai tradition and encouraged conservation at a local level. Champion Maasai are recognised and celebrated for how fast they can run or how high they can jump. They become heroes in their society without killing a single lion.
The event was attended by two time 800m Olympic champion David Rudisha, a Maasai himself.
By staying at Ol Donyo Lodge you can directly support innovative conservation projects like this one. Please do ask us for a tailor-made qquote of you would like to find out more.
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Zarafa, Selinda, Duba Expedition Camp & Duba Plains, Botswana and Ultimate Botswana Safari
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