In a land where the lion truly is king, attitudes about traditional lion hunts are changing. Two Maasai people – one lion slayer and one lion savior – share the stories of their respective journeys. Species are disappearing at a rate that has scientists around the world calling this period the sixth mass extinction. Today, the warriors of the Maasai Steppe – old and new – are recognizing the value of living lions to their culture and economy. You might have read the story, now hear it from the mouths of Julius Laizer and Lucas Lengoje themselves about how they came to trade their spears for shields through the Maasai Steppe Big Cats Conservation Initiative.
By Deirdre Leowinata, African People & Wildlife Fund