Camels. “One camel costs 36 goats or sheep. The humps on the camel store fatty tissues for sustenance of the animal during extreme drought conditions. One camel costs three donkeys or 12 cows,” he answers.

Later I find out a camel costs 60 000 Kenyan shillings, around US$ 700/R 6 700. For the Maasai, the traditional beast of burden is a donkey. Camels belong to an animal family referred to as camelids which includes camels, vicunas, llamas and alpacas. For the group of Samburu men with their goats, they would have to trade 36 goats to acquire just one camel. There are two subspecies of camels; the Dromedary camel which has one hump and Bactrian which have two humps.