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New Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust Blog!

Writing today with some important news that our blog has moved locations and we’re now posting regularly at maasaiwilderness.blogspot.com.  You can also check out the Trust’s brand-new website over at www.maasaiwilderness.org.  Finally, you can follow us on Facebook for regular updates on the MWCT Facebook Page.  Thanks for everyone’s support, and we hope you enjoy the updates on all the great programs we’re operating! -Ed.

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Tourism and Conservation in Africa

Here is another very informative and well written article to check out, written by Graham Boynton. While detailing the detrimental impacts of high mass, low price tourism industry and exponential population growth throughout Africa, it also highlights the benefits of conservation focused, community-led eco-tourism similar to that of Campi ya Kanzi and MWCT.

Eco-lodge Campi ya Kanzi, the essential founding organization of MWCT, has a similar mission to that of the conservation focused initiatives in this article: to protect the wilderness, biodiversity and Maasai culture in Kenya by directly demonstrating the value of wildlife and the eco-system to the Maasai landowners, through employment and engagement with the lodge, or with MWCT.

We found the strategy and combined missions of MWCT and CyK parallels that which is cited in the article:

“ high-tariff, low-volume tourism. Instead of paying fees based on the number of tourists who come in, camp owners guarantee payment every month to the local people, regardless of occupancy. In exchange, the tribal landowners agree to create and maintain a viable and sustainable conservancy that ensures that wildlife prospers. Great Plains claims to make these communities direct financial beneficiaries (and even shareholders), earning income streams from tourism, encouraging the tribes people to become custodians of the African wilderness.”

The lodge and MWCT operate completely with, and for the local community, who are employees, land lords, managers and board members of MWCT.

We thought that some of the statistics mentioned in the article were interesting, and decided to conduct some calculations of our own. Considering the low occupancy rate of CyK,  we found out that there is only one tent per 35,000 acres of land within Kuku Group Ranch!

Find the link to the article here:

Safari: Are too many tourists killing Africa’s wildlife?

Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust

avatar.jpg Maasai Trust is the blog site for Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.

The mission of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust is to support the preservation of biodiversity within the Maasai tribal lands of East Africa by promoting conservation, education and health services within the Maasai community.

The uniqueness of both equatorial Africa’s grassland ecosystems and the traditional culture of the Maasai people face daunting challenges to survive and co-exist in a sustainable manner. Recognizing that the fate of both rests with the Maasai themselves, MWCT collaborates with the local community on innovative programs designed to promote conservation in ways that bring direct economic benefit to people.