Beast versus Man: A Grave Effect of Climate Change

Children on their way to school examine the carcass of one of the lions killed by Maasai warriors as revenge for the death of their livestock.

Sometime last month; an unbelievable scene took place in the southern side of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. Lions from a nearby animal reserve attacked meek sheep and goats belonging to the sleepy Maasai village that bordered it. The incident was one of its kind; as almost a full herd was destroyed. Later the Morans (Maasai Warriors) ganged up and launched a revenge on the wild cats,killing six of them, but a few days later the beasts retaliated with the hunting down of the remaining livestock. Observing this, I can only quip that this ugly human-wildlife conflict is the product of lack of food for the animals. Famine in the wild due to minute rain is an effect of global warming and as such; has led to severe starvation in the savannah. The food chain has been disrupted; because the vegetation is scarce  leading to the death of the herbivores that are preyed on by the Kings of the Jungle. Meanwhile, the Kenya Wildlife Services is faced with the dilemma on whether or not to prosecute the villagers. Despite the Maasai having acted in self-defense they broke the law since lions are currently among East Africa’s endangered species. If we only work to improve our environment; we the Maasai can be able to live in peace with other creatures like we used to before.

By Sylvia Nashipae Mosiany,

Nakuru,

Kenya.