To succeed in his vocation, Zhuo enlisted the local Maasai tribe
that has a strong grip on wildlife species and their habitat.
On August 22, Zhuo was officially adopted as a son of the
Maasai’s Ol Kinyei conservation group owing to his unwavering
friendship with the pastoralists.
He was feted in an elaborate ceremony attended by local
elites, conservationists and Chinese friends.
During an interview with Xinhua, Zhuo said that becoming a
member of OlKinyei community reaffirmed the Maasai people
appreciated his wildlife conservation initiatives.
"It was an auspicious occasion to be initiated as a member of
the famous and large Ol Kinyei community. The Maasai people have
welcomed me as their own and I promise to reciprocate their kind
gesture through promoting wildlife conservation," Zhuo told
Clan elders presided over the elaborate ceremony to enlist
Zhuo as their new member.
The rituals were rich in symbolism and created a spectacle to
an estimated 150 foreign and local guests.
Zhuo told Xinhua that 22 Chinese friends graced the occasion
to crown him as an adopted son of the Maasai community’s Ol
Kinyei conservation group.
As an adopted son of Ol Kinyei community, Zhuo is entitled to
a host of privileges that will make his conservation work
"My bond with the Maasai community will be strengthened and I
desire to live with them longer to pursue my cherished vocation
of conserving wildlife, said Zhuo.
Chinese well-wishers have generously contributed to Zhuo’s
wildlife conservation projects in the Mara ecosystem.
In the last four years, Mara Conservation Fund has initiated
novel projects to conserve lions courtesy of donations from
On August 10th, Chinese well-wishers donated anti-poaching
gear to Kenya’s wildlife conservancies through Mara Conservation
As an adopted member of Ol Kinyei clan, Zhuo feels
rejuvenated to pursue a cause he cherishes.
"I have not only received a badge of honor from people I have
always worked closely with but feels re-energized to mobilize
resources to support conservation work in the Mara ecosystem,"
His grand future plans will revolve around proactive
engagement with Kenya’s wildlife agency and local communities to
revitalize war against poaching.
Elders from Maasai community hailed Zhuo’s tireless
dedication to wildlife conservation.
Simon Nkoitoi, the Senior Warden at Ol Kinyei conservancy,
said a partnership with Mara Conservation Fund has unleashed
huge benefits to local communities.
"Through partnership with Mara Conservation Fund, we have
received a new car, motorbikes, and binoculars to enable rangers
patrol the park effectively," Nkoitoi told Xinhua, adding that
lion proof housing structures financed by Mara Conservation Fund
have reduced human wildlife conflicts.
By enlisting Zhuo as their member, Ol Kinyei community is
upbeat wildlife conservation will improve a notch higher.
Nkoitoi noted that Zhuo has mobilized resources to support
community projects like schools and water pans.
"We are proud of Simba (Zhuo’s nickname) and his work here is
exemplary. He has supported education of Maasai children through
renovation of schools alongside donation of books and laptops,"
He added that conservancies supported by Mara Conservation
Fund have created new jobs for Maasai youth.