When they come of age, young Samburu men are expected to become moran – the traditional warriors who hunt and protect the village. Young men training to be moran learn to track and hunt animals and practice skills for defending their villages from aggressive neighbors. The Grevy’s Zebra Trust hires young moran, whose skills fit perfectly with the job of protecting wildlife.
This man works with one of the Samburu land conservancies, and collaborates closely with the Grevy’s Zebra Trust.
While I was in Samburuland I was lucky to attend a coming of age ceremony when all the moran come in from the bush to celebrate their peers becoming men.
Their Own Land
The Samburu have created several Conservancies, which they manage and guard to ensure the protection of their homelands and the animals that live there. These men are standing on a high point above one of these protected lands.