A ferocious kill on the Serengeti… dire warnings about endangered species… These clichés of nature documentaries ignore a key feature of the landscape: villagers just off-camera, who navigate the dangers and costs of living with wildlife on a daily basis. When seen at all, rural Africans are often depicted as the problem — they poach animals and encroach on habitat, they spoil our myth of wild Africa.
Milking the Rhino tells a more nuanced tale of human-wildlife coexistence in post-colonial Africa. The Maasai tribe of Kenya and Namibia’s Himba — two of Earth’s oldest cattle cultures — are in the midst of upheaval. Emerging from a century of “white man conservation,” which turned their lands into game reserves and fueled resentment towards wildlife, Himba and Maasai communities are now vying for a piece of the wildlife-tourism pie.
Community-based conservation, which tries to balance the needs of wildlife and people, has been touted by environmentalists as “win-win.” The reality is more complex. “We never used to benefit from these animals,” a Maasai host of a community eco-lodge explains. “Now we milk them like cattle!” His neighbor disagrees: “A rhino means nothing to me! I can’t kill it for meat like a cow.” And when drought decimates the grass shared by livestock and wildlife, the community’s commitment to conservation is sorely tested.
Charting the collision of ancient ways with Western expectations, Milking the Rhino tells intimate, hopeful and heartbreaking stories of people facing deep cultural change.
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Tagged africa, Conservation and Endangered Species, Environment, kenya, maasai, Maasai people, Namibia, Wild Africa
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Ngais and kids at playground in Bagarmossen. Autumn is getting to its end and winter snow has already fallen. Paraga has experienced his first time in snowy weather-he thinks its a lifetime memory registered both in his brain image box and in his Nikon D60! He loves it and he wants to see even more snow. I am not sure how he’ll react to the darkness though. That is the only part I sincerely can’t get used to in this country.
Winter snow and Ice is OK as long as I dress well but I can’t protect myself from 6 moths of the darkness.
Anyway enjoy the pics.
In the video: Sankale tells about his personal experience during his September 11 visit to Sweden where he met and entertained Diaspora Kenyans for free.
Sankale and his co-worker Makoha gave account of of all the culture shock and other direct experiences they were faced with directly from Arlanda Airport. Take and listen to him cracking diaspora Kenyans ribs at the Kenyan house in Nacka Forum Stockholm.
Olexander Sankale rib cracking in Stockholm: Traffic, pot-holes, Swedish election and Kenya island in Nacka.
Olexander aka Peter Sankale entertains Kenyans at the Kenyan house in Nacka Forum in Sweden during the Diaspora Kenyans Promulgation ceremony hosted by the Embassy on September 11th 2010.
Video by Ole Ngais.