Mending Kenya: Tall Order

Sun, 2008-03-09 13:52 by Jan

Mending Kenya: Tall order

March 8, 2008

Nancy Holan just had the safari of her life. She and a friend flew from Detroit to Kenya and as they cruised the wide open plains, they had the lions, zebras and elephants all to themselves.

"It was wonderful," she said.

Not far away, Isaac Rotich, a high-end safari guide, paced an empty game lodge in freshly polished safari boots. He can spot a 6-inch lizard 50 feet away and tell you the name -- in Kiswahili, English and Latin -- of the plant it is sitting on. He has spent years building this career and was making $30,000 a year, a king's ransom in these parts.

Now he's afraid of losing it all.

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