“We are not meant to stay home but are educated to come and change the world” are the inspiring words of a young Masai woman who has been trained to take on poachers in one of Kenya’s national parks. She is part of the trail blazing Team Lioness, an all-woman anti-poaching squad set up by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. To attain this position, these women have had to break with thousands of years of entrenched gender roles and undergo grueling training schedules. Their job is to patrol the Masai National Park, often trekking 12 miles a day, and also glean information about who is illegally killing animals for bush meat. Their carefully planned ambushes have brought poaching down by more than 80 percent, and the women are enjoying their new-found respect among men.

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