We all love wild Lions, right?
Maybe even up close and personal like the farmers in Botswana?
Fortunately, Marnus loves them enough to face all the challenges needed to protect and help wild lions.
Definitely one of our favorite heroes. His four years in the Botswana bush were raw and commendable. In that crucible he learned what works and what doesn’t. (See Marnus Loves Wild Lions Part 1)
Presently he is involved in a new ambitious project in Namibia. Spending a grueling 2017, he worked to determine if rewilding the Nyae Nyae Conservancy was feasible. He initially assessed the Lion / wildlife populations & habitat potential, the will of the San people & farmers, and the required government interest.
After the encouraging results and commitments from some caring people, he is moving forward orchestrating the next level. Starting in January 2019 he begins critically listening to all involved across this vast area. The facts are needed for those willing to make the big investments later.
So, what will drive Marnus’ long term success in the Nyae Nyae?
First; his initial Lion & Wildlife survey illuminated a road map for wildlife recovery. Previously this habitat sustained massive herds of wildlife and the analysis is positive for lions & wildlife returning to the area in a big way. If managed properly.
Second; Marnus painfully realized that his will and determination alone, while massive, are not enough for a long term solution. For things to work, all the pieces must fit together. It’s not just lions, the entire ecosystem must work together. Especially us ‘wild’ humans.
Third; Marnus has already gained significant understanding and inroads into the human elements during the Lion & Wildlife survey last year. He discovered most San people still retain the awe and respect for wildlife that was so hard to rekindle in Botswana. Also the farmers are willing to listen. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism is cooperative and interested. As well as enough NGO’s lending support to delve deeper into what is possible.
Fourth and most important; Marnus has a unique gift of gaining the respect of those around him. From lions to irate farmers to tribal and Ministry Officials. It is because he has a heartfelt respect for them first. If anyone can negotiate this intricate labyrinth with patience and care as well as face the 114 degrees weather this summer… it is Marnus.
Lastly, he is hell bent on properly helping the San People maintain their heritage which includes their lions.
God bless you Marnus, we are there for you.