The Maasai people live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. The society has a strong patriarchal structure and deep-rooted traditions. Up until ten years ago, Maasai warriors had to kill a lion as a rite of passage to get married. Now, many Maasai groups have moved away from that practice for conservation means. The Maasai place high value on their livestock and cattle, with their housing structures literally centered around their cows and goats. Cattle are the primary source of food, and nearly all of the animal, including its blood, are used.
Masai Mara is exactly what you imagine when you think of a Kenyan safari: open savannah, a silhouetted acacia tree and the animals you immediately think of when you think of Africa (the big five perhaps). However, less is thought about the land directly surrounding the Mara. Much of it is made up of a network of conservancies and protected areas, intended to help wildlife and the regional Maasai population prosper.
One of those areas is the Nashulai Conservancy. The conservancy was founded in 2016. (The first conservancy started up in 1995.) The land, with a name meaning coexistence between human and wildlife, is about 5,000 acres and is owned by 71 different individuals. Nashulai was founded by and is run by the Maasai community.