From Grazing to Gas-Guzzling Cattle: Dar es Salaam’s urban pastoralists

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Visiting this vibrant East African city, one of the most surprising sights greeting Regina Abrami, the Lauder Institute’s Global Program director, were the Masai, a nomadic people more commonly found in northern Tanzania and Kenya. Taking on new roles as parking attendants, they can be seen gently swatting cars into position, keeping order among these one ton metal animals. Clearly Masai warrior spirit is alive and well!  Visiting Tanzania in July, Global Program students will not only see the Masai in the city, but also at the Ngoyongoyo Crater where Tanzania now faces one of its greatest challenges – eliminating poaching and the unrelenting slaughter of the country’s treasured rhino and elephant.

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