Maasai Warriors help Protect Lions.

Maasai warrior Kamunu Saitoti scans the Kenyan rangelands for a signal from a number of lions that have been fitted with radio collars.
Saitoti is part of an organisation called Lion Guardians, a conservation initiative started in 2007 to find ways for the Maasai and lions to coexist.
Scientists estimate that lion populations in Africa have fallen by more than 40% in the past 20 years and the 20,000 or so wild lions that remain occupy just 8% of the species’ historical range.
Image Credit: Photograph by Marcus Westberg/Life Through A Lens.
Source: Travel photo of the week: the warriors helping to protect lions in Kenya | Travel | The Guardian

The Desert libraries of Chinguetti.

Desert libraries of Chinguetti, by Patrick Tanguay
Al Ahmed Mahmoud Library in Chinguetti
I did not know about these wonderful places. For hundreds of years, families in Mauritania have been maintaining libraries of old Arabo-Berber books.
Originally on the route of pilgrims travelling to Mecca, the libraries are now at risk from the spreading Sahara and ever dwindling numbers of visitors, in part because of security restrictions due to terrorism.
Most of Chinguetti consists of abandoned houses which are being swallowed up by the ever encroaching dunes of the Sahara.
But this was once a prosperous city of 20 000 people, and a medieval centre for religious and legal scholars. It was known as “The City of Libraries”
Mauritania’s hidden manuscripts. The bone-dry wood creaks as the book opens at a page representing the course of the moon, framed by black balls and red crescents.
The manuscript contains 132 pages of Arab astronomy bound in well-worn leather, a 15th-century treasure stored, with similar items, in a cardboard box in a traditional dwelling in Chinguetti.
Seen as a legacy from their ancestors, the families feel it’s an honour for them to care for these books.
Source: Desert libraries of Chinguetti

Under an African Sky.

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Image Credit: Photograph by Carey Nash, National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
A Hamar woman and her son stand beneath a dramatic sky in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley.
“After walking from our tent along the riverbed, we met up with this nearby village and the beautiful people [who] lived there,” writes photographer Carey Nash. “We felt so welcomed.”
Source: Photo of the Day: Best of June | PROOF

Rashida. scrapyard Water Seller, Accra.

Image Credit: Photograph by Carolina Rapezzi, first place, single.
Rashida, originally from the north of Ghana, is a water-seller in a scrapyard in Accra.
Agbogbloshie is one of the biggest electronic waste dumps in the world.
Broken computers and appliances are burned to extract raw materials like copper, iron and aluminium. …
Workers and children are exposed to toxic emissions.
Rashida sells water bags for 1 Ghanaian Cedi (15p) to workers who need to extinguish the fire and cool down the copper extracted from burning cables, wires and other appliances’
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The Serval, the Leaping Wild Cat.

serval_cat_leapsFound among the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa, the serval looks like a cat on stilts.
Immediately recognizable by its long legs and large, rounded ears, this graceful feline’s stretched-out look is perfectly suited to detecting and pouncing on prey in the tall grass.
Capable of jumping 12 feet into the air, servals can nab fleeing birds in mid-air and get the drop of scurrying small mammals.
And this cat’s genetic legacy isn’t restricted to the savannah.
Cat breeders have created a domestic cat-serval cross called the Savannah cat, and they’ve become accepted enough that The International Cat Association now recognizes them as a championship breed.
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via Ten Amazing Small Wild Cats | Science | Smithsonian.

Nana Assenso, chief of Adidwan village, Ghana.

Nana Assenso, 68, chief of Adidwan, a village in Ghana’s interior, looks on before visiting the grave of his uncle Kwame Badu, in Adidwan, Ashanti Region, Ghanaon 21 July.
His uncle’s name Kwame Badu, has been passed on through the family in remembrance of an ancestor with that name who was captured and sold into slavery long, long ago.
“Growing up, I was told the story of two of my great-great-grand-uncles Kwame Badu and Kofi Aboagye who were captured and sold into slavery,” said Assenso.
He followed the family tradition and named his youngest son Kwame Badu.
Image Credit: REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko