Hunting Operations of the
Ortello Business Company and their Impact
on Maasai Rights, Wildlife, and the Environment
Few other African societies have been as romanticized and popularized by Europeans and Americans, while simultaneously neglected and underdeveloped, as the Maasai. Despite their image as free and noble warriors, the Maasai have seen their grazing lands continuously reduced by colonial appropriation, the creation of national game parks, the steady incursions of agriculturalists, and most recently by the creation of private titles to individual ranches which are dividing the remaining land.
Prof. Elliot Fratkin, Ariaal Pastoralists of Kenya
In our Voices
This report explores the negative impacts on Maasai communities, wildlife, and their shared habitat of the Ortello Business Company, a United Arab Emirates hunting company operating in the Loliondo Game Controlled Area in northern Tanzania. A compilation of information gathered by the Maasai Environmental Resource Coalition (MERC), the report highlights environmental and human rights concerns, as well as the desperation of the Maasai people of Loliondo and adjacent areas in their efforts to be heard. The report calls for urgent action by the Tanzanian government and the international community to avert the looming ecological crisis in Loliondo. It also calls for a more in-depth, scientific examination of the important issues presented.
The experiences recounted herein are of those who have been most acutely affectedMaasai community members whose voices are so often neither heard nor heeded, like so many other indigenous peoples worldwide.