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Other land is often removed from the use of the Maasai in other ways. For example, land may be sold by the government as agricultural land to native or foreign businesses. Hunting parks or private wildlife parks may be created outside the official conservation parks. And in addition, in the wet season, wild animals are allowed to come out of the parks onto the Maasai's remaining land and share the cattle's grass, or eat the cattle, while the cattle are not allowed to do the reverse in the dry season, as they would have done traditionally.


It is no wonder that the Maasai often feel that conservation of the big animals of the savannah is an attempt to get rid of them.

The pink area represents a conservation park imposed on a Maasai herding area (as shown on the previous page).

In the wildlife parks which have been created, the Maasai are normally excluded completely. If the permanent water and drought reserve areas are taken as the centre of a wildlife park, the Maasai are forced to use the wet season lands intensively, and beyond their capacity, when they will certainly be degraded. Furthermore, their homestead bases may be taken (that is, they are expelled from their homes). They are not allowed to pass through the parks, so the land they are allowed to use is broken into smaller pieces, and they have longer to travel from one useable piece of land to another.

Maasai - Savannah People 3/11