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The Hunt for Medals, Not Lions

James Suter

08 min 06 secs

South Africa


While on assignment for Big Life Foundation, our Black Bean Productions team was able to document the Maasai Olympics. In the past, in Maasai culture, in order to become a Warrior young men had to kill a lion to prove their bravery. In response to the decrease in lion populations in the Amboseli-tsavo ecosystem, 8 Maasai elders approached the Big Life team to find a way to eliminate lion hunting from the Maasai culture, while still honouring Maasai traditions, and so the Maasai Olympics was created. This incredible initiative is so much more than just a sporting event and has found a way to ensure the long term survival of lions in this area by working together with local communities.

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