This is the second installment of Elyse DeFranco’s photography. She is a wildlife conservationist in Kenya, and chronicles her time there through the lens. This collection focuses on Lamu, a town on the northern coast of Kenya quite near Somalia. It’s one of the oldest towns in Kenya. It is an island in an archipelago …

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Elyse DeFranco chronicles her time working on wildlife conservation in Kenya, with photos from a combination of wildlife reserves in Laikipia near the base of Mt. Kenya, Samburu in the north, and the Maasai Mara in the south. [divider] Guest Contributor [/divider] Elyse DeFranco is a wildlife ecologist, photographer, and modern nomad of sorts, who has lived at research …

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I grew up on Syokimau Farm in Kenya, not far from the Ngong Hills. My mother and I lived in a converted chicken slaughterhouse on the former sisal plantation about 15 miles south of Nairobi. The whitewashed walls were high and the building cavernous. A swing hung from the ceiling in my bedroom and the …

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I could feel the heat from the roiling lava lake immediately below me. If this were anywhere else, there probably would’ve been some sort of railing or safety precaution, but instead our guide simply told us to stay on this side of the volcano to avoid the smoke billowing into the sky. The smoke was …

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Francine LeFrak is changing the way one approaches “giving back.” She is a philanthropist with a hands-on approach who works tirelessly to help end violence against women and support education and empowerment of women around the world. She was born into a family that imprinted upon her the importance of giving back. LeFrak’s hard work and vision have …

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He picked up his pace as I quickened mine. “Oooo, mambo,” he leered as he crossed the street to meet me on the side of the road. “Napenda, napenda,” he murmured as he walked next to me. In my Swahili language class, I would later learn this translates to “I like, I love.” He was …

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Exploring Women Australia is a rich, bold, and beautiful country that is the stuff of any adventure enthusiast’s dreams. The Aussies themselves have a truly adventurous and independent spirit, and it is among them that I found the fascinating and accomplished Kate Leeming. Kate makes her home in Melbourne as an Australian Open tennis player, …

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A fortnight of consecutive half marathons was only half the “madness” Deborah Beaton cooked up. The 32-year-old Kenyan with startling blue eyes and a Zen demeanor ran the 250 miles through East Africa’s wild, home to rhinos, elephants, zebras, wildebeest, lions, leopards, and cheetahs, to name a few. [divider]The Interview[/divider] Natasha Awasthi: How did this …

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WISER runs a school in a remote area of Kenya called Muhuru Bay. It started when one of the co-founders was doing research in the area, and she got a note under her door from a 14 year-old girl that said, “Should I stop having sex with the man who is paying my school fees? I’m afraid of getting AIDS.”

Muhuru Bay is very remote. It is a fishing village, and there is a huge cycle of transactional sex, which has resulted in one of the highest rates of HIV in the country and really anywhere in Africa. We estimate that there is 38% HIV prevalence in Muhuru.

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[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]here’s something about traveling by boat that inherently equals adventure. I don’t know if it’s the wind in my hair, the bright sunshine on my face, the splash of water occasionally making its way over the bow, or the passing scenery as the ship cuts its way through the water. It’s all of those …

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