Ten lions killed in Kenya as human-wildlife conflicts escalate

Lions killed in Kenya, a major blow to conservation efforts
Lion with cubs, photo: Canva

Six lions were killed on Saturday near Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said that the lions were killed after they attacked eleven goats and a dog in villages near the park, adding that earlier in the week, four lions were killed.

Officials from KWS talked to members of the local community to find solutions for the reoccurring human-wildlife conflicts, the organization said in a statement. However, the specifics of any agreements reached were not disclosed.

Communities living around nature reserves in Kenya frequently express concerns about lions and other animals which pose threats to their farm and domestic animals. As human settlements continue encroaching on wildlife habitats, the competition for space and resources intensifies.

Amboseli National Park, spanning 39,206 hectares, is home to various wildlife, including elephants, cheetahs, buffalos, and giraffes. The park is a significant tourist attraction, contributing to Kenya’s economy. 

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