Around the Amboseli National Park, Kenya , the people and the wild animals they share more than 607 square kilometres of community lands. The rancho group Olgulului-Ololarashi (OOGR), for example, is located within this area, the richest in terms of biodiversity within this african country, so also is exposed to multiple threats.
Now, a team of eight young maasai women collaborates in the defense of the protection and the security of such biodiversity. And, at the same time, help to close the gender gap that exists in the field of conservation, emphasizes the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). At the global level, say from the institution, women are often less involved than men in the management of the protected areas .
"Team Lioness" is, therefore, one of the first units of ranger female that exists in Kenya. And have joined forces with the rangers of the Community Olgulului, which already safeguard the wildlife in six bases within their area of influence and have a mobile unit.
"they Oversee the largest region of Amboseli, and almost 300 rangers, that I know of, there was only one woman up to now", recalls lieutenant colonel Faye Cuevas, also a member of IFAW. "The need it was obvious", he says.
The women of team Lioness have been selected on the basis of their academic achievement and physical strength , as well as demonstrate reliability, discipline and integrity.
The recruits are between 19 and 26 years of age. And they are the first women in the history of their families that get a job. Generally, the maasai girls they leave school at the age of 10. And even among the maasai women who achieve a higher education, the majority lack opportunities to get a job or a certain financial independence , says IFAW.
Within the ecosystem of Amboseli, the Community Olgulului is home to 90% of the habitats and migratory corridors used by the animals of the region, including the 2,000 - elephants of the national park. is Giraffe , lions, leopard , cheetahs , baboons , zebras , buffalo and monkeys... All also call home to this territory next to the porous border with Tanzania. "All of the wildlife in this area is in potential danger due to the poaching , the murders in retaliation, and the illegal trafficking of wildlife and animal parts," says IFAW.
"I Am acquiring skills and knowledge on how to preserve and protect the wild animals that share the territory with us. I will return to my community and I'll show you through my experience that if you kill that lion that has come into your village, kill your future , " says Purity, one of the ranger team Leone.
the presence of The team Leone has led to other communities to masai demand a higher leadership women in conservation initiatives. "An elderly maasai from outside the Community Olgulului attended one of the community meetings recent and challenged us, as the masai people, that for every four ranger that we hired, one was a woman," says Caves.Updated Date: 23 September 2019, 12:02