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Kenya: Too Many Tourists, Not Enough Lions

December 11, 2009

In 1975 my parents were kind enough to invite me to participate in a safari in Kenya.  I had been living in Egypt at the time and did not have far to travel to meet them in Nairobi.  I wasn’t a photographer then, but I couldn’t resist borrowing their camera to take this shot of tourists surrounding a beleaguered pride of lions.  The question here is a simple one:  Were we contributing in our innocent way to the cats’ continued decline, or does such attention benefit them somehow?  The animals aren’t talking.  But if you’re looking for solitude and place to commune with nature, you won’t find it here.

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