The rains seem to have finally arrived in Amboseli. They will bring life, but ironically death too. Livestock are weak after the long dry period, and the change in climate is so sudden and extreme that many die following the early storms. It doesn’t need to be this way, with better managed pasture things would not be so desperate. It’s a classic ‘tragedy of the commons’, and at @biglifeafrica we are supporting the Maasai community to develop their own set of rules for managing these resources.Success is critical for both human wellbeing and for wildlife populations.The stakes are high, but it’s going well so far.
I went to a meeting today. My journey this morning was through choking dust, and my return this afternoon was almost scuppered by mud and standing water. Perhaps the rains are finally here to stay.
Ducking your head below the surface of Lake Malawi, you'd be forgiven for wondering who put what in your coffee that morning. No coral, no salt stinging your papercuts, just an incredible array of the most stunning fish (all species of cichlids). These pics are taken with my phone, happily protected in its @lifeproof case.
Nothing alters human society quite so profoundly as the manner in which we get our basic necessities. Water. Either you turn on a tap, or you meet at the source, a social gathering. This way of living should not be romanticized, but we are social animals, and 'development' seems to result in much less cohesive communities.