The Tanzanian government does not allow Tanzanians to hunt. These Maasai men would not kill a buffalo, anyway, because it is not part of their culture. However, when legal safari hunters give their buffalo kills to the Maasai, the Maasai use nearly every part of the animal, turning the skin into in coats and the stomach lining into airtight bags, for example.
When professional safari hunters and their clients kill animals, they eat the meat. Usually, if they don't shoot anything, they don't have any meat in camp. These are the back straps from a hartebeest, a big, reddish-brown antelope.
Local men enjoy the heart, kidneys and other organs.
What Happens to
Legally Hunted Animals?
Professional safari hunters and their clients often donate the meat and edible organs from the animals they shoot to the local game scouts or to the people who live near the hunting areas. They leave the rest of the carcass on the ground, where it was shot, for the lions, leopards, hyenas, vultures and other animals. When a legal client shoots an elephant, he usually takes only the tusks. The professional hunting company and his client work with the Tanzanian government, the client's home country and CITES to secure the correct paperwork and proper shipment. It is against the law for the clients to sell the tusks, give them away, have them carved into trinkets, or turn them into jewelry. Of course, they normally end up mounted on pedestals in the client's living room. Keep in mind, in Tanzania, legal hunters average about 50 pairs of tusks per year, while poachers average 7,500.
This man is eating charred meat from a small antelope's leg bone.