Masey Kayanda

maseyAfter a bout of lion killings on the border between Serengeti and Ngorongoro in 2014, we approached the nearby Oldonyo Gol community for collaboration to help prevent further such killing. It resulted in us hiring Masey, who, not without suspicion, took on the duties of a Lion Scout. He soon became a fully committed lion ambassador – another warrior lion Puyol brought over to “the other side”.

In the wet season Masey stays in his permanent home in Oldonyo gol, a place where traditions hold strong and ritual lion hunts still occasionally take place. Here his main duty is to reach out to his peer group and prevent such hunts. Masey’s dry season station is by his temporary home in upper Olduvai; a place full of wildlife, people, livestock and lion conflicts. Here Masey spends his days tracking lions, warning herders, preventing lion-livestock and people-lion attacks, recording depredation events and treating wounded livestock. His favourite lion is Katavi, the father of Nayomi and Nadine’s cubs, for his skills and whit to protect his pride during Ndutu’s harsh dry season.

Lion scout
Area dry season: Ndutu region
Area wet season: Oldonyo Gol