"Living with Lions"
LOLIONDO, NORTHERN TANZANIA, NOVEMBER 2012: Two young men don lion manes as they prepare to attend a Maasai coming-of-age ceremony in Loliondo, Northern Tanzania, 2 November 2012.The Lion Mane head-dresses are from lions 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 going on a lion killing spree. Illegal lion killing continues amongst the Maasai today, but as lion numbers dwindle, this activity is also increasingly rare to find. If cattle are killed by lions however, the Masai will go on a lion hunt. Conflict between the pastoralist Maasai and the lion is an age-old phenomenon.