"Living with Lions"
LOLIONDO, NORTHERN TANZANIA, NOVEMBER 2012: Young men parade at a Maasai coming-of-age ceremony in a remote Maasai village in Loliondo, Northern Tanzania, 2 November 2012. Two of the young warriors in this ceremony are wearing a Lion Mane head-dress from a lion they speared 3 years ago. The Maasai have a long history of lion-killing, both as a proving ground for young warriors in their ascent to manhood and also to protect their cattle from lion attacks. This is an illegal activity and 3 years ago a number of young warriors were arrested and jailed in this region for killing lions. Illegal lion killing continues amongst the Maasai today, but as lion numbers dwindle, this activity is also increasingly rare to find. Conflict between the pastoralist Maasai and the lion is an age-old phenomenon and if lion kill cattle the Maasai will go on lion hunts.