The Thin Green Line organised an exchange between Australian indigenous ranger and Maasai rangers in Kenya. The 10 Australian rangers from Jawoyn, Kimberley and Western desert travelled with director and affiliates of the thin Green line including ambassador musician Dan Sultan.
The Maasai rangers work on community controlled land known as Conservancies where traditional land management practises such as pastrolism and occupancy overlap with conservation practises. Small scale tourism can operate within the Conservancies and poaching, hunting and development is restricted. The rangers are heavily armed and regularly come into combat with organised crime wanting to exploit ivory, skins and trophies.
We were able to experience much of the awesome large wildlife on safari, including going on patrol with Maasai rangers tracking wildlife, data collection and checking camera traps. Whilst on patrol, as it is community land, we helped herders rescue their cattle from bogs and wells as they were experiencing a drought.
The Maasai rangers were great hosts, we made a lot of friends, learnt some words, ate different tucker, got some more dance moves, swapped gifts and exchanged world views.
Please check out short documentary at https://youtu.be/jWjEcPDRQhg