David Read

author, guide, farmer, soldier, father, grandfather and gentleman

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Loito and the Lioness - How the Masai and the lions became friends

written by David Read

edited by Birgit Hendry

illustrated by Frederic N. Marshall


Loito and the Lioness is an authentic Masai legend, written for children. It tells how a Masai boy and a lioness become friends by helping each other, resulting in a lasting connection between the lions and the Purko clan of the Masai.


The story is followed by some interesting facts about the Masai in East Africa.

Available on www.amazon.com

(square version) in selected shops in Arusha, Tanzania and from the author (rectangular version)

The author, David Read, spent most of his childhood with the Masai tribe in the famous wilderness area which is known today as the Serengeti.  David, speaking Masai fluently, is a treasure trove of information about the tribe’s history, legends, ceremonies and lifestyle. This legend is one of the stories he was told on his adventures in the bush as a kid in East Africa.