Kenya

Chris Schmid traveled to Masai Mara, the Kenyan national reserve known for its exceptional population of big cats, zebras, and other wildlife. It is named in honor of the Masai people and was converted to a game reserve in 1961. 

The reserve hosts approximately 3,000 elephants and 22 families of lions. Sadly, that famous wildlife population is not what it used to be. Today it loses 5 lions a day, 5 elephants an hour, and 1 rhino every 7 hours to poaching and it’s becoming an epidemic.

The Cheetah For Ever Foundation set up a 24/7 surveillance program to ensure the cheetahs’ safety as they face an uncertain future. They are losing their habitat to human encroachment and losing cubs to the lions and hyenas in competition with the cheetahs.

Chris set out to the Masai Mara to find out how Kenyans were protecting their natural environment for this series.

  • CS 050715 Masai Mara 204 Original(1)

    Kenya

    Sony α 99 500mm F4 G SSM Super Telephoto Prime 1250sec, f/5, ISO 200
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  • CS 070715 Masai Mara 204 Original(1)

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    Sony α 99 500mm F4 G SSM Super Telephoto Prime 1600sec, f/5.6, ISO 250
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  • CS 100715 Masai Mara 204 Original(1)

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    Sony α 99 500mm F4 G SSM Super Telephoto Prime 400sec, f/5, ISO 500
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  • CS 060715 Masai Mara 204 Original(1)

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    Sony α7R FE 28mm F2 640sec, f/4.5, ISO 250
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    Sony α7R Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS 1000sec, f/5, ISO 250
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    Sony α 99 Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA 250sec, f/2.8, ISO 125
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    Sony α7R Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA 2500sec, f/2.8. ISO 400
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    Sony α7R Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA 640sec, f/2.8. ISO 100
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    Sony α7R Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA 500sec, f/2.8. ISO 100
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    Sony α 99 500mm F4 G SSM Super Telephoto Prime 1600sec, f/5, ISO 400
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    Sony α 99 500mm F4 G SSM Super Telephoto Prime 400sec, f/5, ISO 500
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    Sony α 99 500mm F4 G SSM Super Telephoto Prime 1250sec, f/5.6, ISO 200
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    Sony α 99 500mm F4 G SSM Super Telephoto Prime 2500sec, f/4.5, ISO 400
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    Sony α 99 500mm F4 G SSM Super Telephoto Prime 40sec, f/18, ISO 100
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  • 15.CS 100715 Masai Mara 150 Original(1)

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    Sony α 99 500mm F4 G SSM Super Telephoto Prime 50sec, f/14, ISO 100
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  • 16.CS 040715 Masai Mara 001 Original(1)

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    Sony α 99 500mm F4 G SSM Super Telephoto Prime 640sec, f/5.6, ISO 160
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