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This is an exhibit of naturescapes from Kenya and South Africa -- some from my very first African safari in 2012 and others from my eighth and most recent one in 2018.
A very special story within this exhibit concerns an area of Kenya called the South Rift Valley and specifically the lands of the South Rift Association of Land Owners (SORALO), which represents and joins a group of Maasai communities. These Maasai pastoralists and their livestock have been productively co-existing with wildlife (including natural predators of that livestock) for hundreds of years. As Africa struggles to preserve its wildlife and pastoralist heritage in the face of human population growth and wildlife habitat loss, the SORALO communities show how to preserve that rich legacy. There is more background on SORALO’s lands and wildlife below and in the associated image captions.
The framed images in this exhibit are pigment inkjet prints. All the prints are available for purchase. To inquire about buying a print or for other questions and comments, please contact me via the contact button on the left.
Background: SORALO’s domain encompasses an area of about 2.5 million acres, comprising much of southern Kenya’s last remaining lands where significant communal land holdings remain intact and where livestock and wildlife continue to co-exist across large areas.
SORALO sums up their approach with two Maasai words, each with deep cultural meanings. Here they are, with rough translations:
- Enkop’ang: our land, our common identity, our common pride
- Erematare: stewardship over common resources
SORALO is simultaneously:
- an inspiring story of community-based stewardship, including a successful lion conservation initiative called “Rebuilding the Pride;"
- a beautiful and authentic window into East Africa’s pastoralist past and still evolving present; and
- an exciting conservation photography opportunity without the crowds of East Africa’s national parks and reserves and with welcoming access to working Maasai communities.
For more information about SORALO, please visit their website. If you are interested in visiting the SORALO area, the best place to stay is Shampole Wilderness. Also, Greg du Toit, a South African, professional photographer, safari leader and conservation ambassador for SORALO's "Rebuilding the Pride" lion conservation project, leads an annual safari to the area. The SORALO images in this exhibit were captured during the 2018 safari. See his website for details of the current offering.