Tribe vs Pride
This film tells the extraordinary story of the biennial Masai Olympics and the complex relationship between wildlife conservation and age-old cultural traditions.
The Maasai Olympics are beginning to have a lasting impact on big cat conservation in Kenya. In a survey conducted in 2016 nearly 90% of Maasai Warriors felt that the Maasai Olympics made them less interested in killing a lion, more willing to support lion conservation and that the event raised awareness about lion conservation in their community. The Maasai Olympics in conjunction with other programs have dramatically reduced the number of lions killed in the area, and the idea is catching on.
The annual budget for this series of events and education is $100,000, and your contribution in any amount can help fund some of the components of the program below:
- $50 – 1st place cash prize for one of the six events on Olympics Day
- $100 – Olympics Day uniform and shoes for two warriors
- $500 – Conservation education meeting for 50+ warriors on a group ranch in lead-up to Olympics Day
- $600 – One girls school (20 girls) to participate in Olympics Day2
- $1,000 – Team selection competition day for 1 of the 4 manyattas
- $1,500 – Practice equipment and gear for days leading up to Olympics
- $2,500 – Breeding bull for winning manyatta on Olympics Day
- $3,000 – Regional competition between 2 manyattas
Experience the Masai Olympics in Kenya’s Chyulu Hills
This year, Next Adventure is offering an exclusive opportunity to attend and support this unique event first hand with 3-4 nights at ol Donyo Lodge between December 13-17, 2018 with a full day at the Maasai Olympics on December 15th.
For centuries the Maasai have practiced a traditional rite of passage to manhood, hunting and killing lions. In 2012, a group of Maasai Elders organized the first Maasai Olympics as a more sustainable practice: Every two years Maasai men and women gather in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro for the Maasai Olympics; a unique combination of conservation and sport, the event features bouts of athletic endurance, skill, and strategy all with a clear goal in mind…the conservation of lions.
This bi-annual event is the culmination of two years of smaller, regional gatherings where Maasai Warriors compete in athletic events and learn about the value of protecting their environment through conservation education activities. The goal is to celebrate Maasai tradition and encourage conservation at a local level. This is why the Maasai Olympics was created…to celebrate heroes without killing lions.
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