Samson Parashina is an outstanding Maasai warrior who joined Luca and Antonella Belpietro to help them create Campi ya Kanzi. At first he worked as a waiter, but after studying hard, he became a professional guide. He is now the head guide (Silver Level) of the camp and the President of Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.
The 2012 Champions of the Earth – the United Nations’ flagship environment award – recognizes outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship and civil society action. Samson has received the award in Rio, with renowned Swiss aeronaut Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Mongolia’s President Tsakhia Elbegdorj, Brazilian banker Fábio C. Barbosa, renewable energy entrepreneur Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber and Dutch Scientist Dr. Sander van der Leeuw.