Open Edition - The Enkoyanai pride sit in the warm sun of first light, Ol Motorogi Conservancy, Maasai Mara, Kenya
The Enkoyanai pride sit in the warm sun of first light, scanning the grasslands of Ol Motorogi Conservancy, looking towards the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Ol Motorogi is part of the Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association, whose aim is to conserve the greater Maasai Mara ecosystem through a network of community protected areas, resulting in huge benefits for the wildlife and ecosystem of the Mara.
The community conservancies here cover an area greater than the National Reserve, which is famous worldwide for the wildebeest migration currently underway. What is not as well known is that significant numbers of herbivores are resident year-round in the community conservancies, because grass levels are managed by controlled livestock grazing.
This means that as the grass depletes, the predators follow these herbivores. The National Reserve, however, does not currently have a grazing plan. This pride was pushed out of their original territory here by another pride with stronger dominant males, but have recently returned to this landscape - with curiosity and some caution in case they come upon other lions.
While there are around two thousand permanent beds inside the Reserve, some of the community-owned areas outside of the National Reserve can often be better for tourists to visit to see greater numbers of diverse wildlife.
Also, income generated from tourism passes directly to the community conservancy landowners. While rangers have recently suffered a 50% salary cut due to the pandemic, as the country reopens to tourism, wildlife and communities will see the benefit of this unique community conservation model
A series of limited open-editioned, unsigned digital c-type prints are as sized below. These are in an edition of 100 prints per image.
C-type (Matt) Edition of 100 in total
Paper: 12 x 10 Image: 10 x 8
Price: UKP 100.00 plus VAT and shipping.