Herders guarding livestock killed six lions in Kenya after a pride attacked 11 goats and a dog, environmental officials said, in a new incident in the country involving wild animals and humans.
Among the lions shot was Africa’s oldest free-ranging lion, 19-year-old Loonkito, after he entered a community to attack domestic livestock.
A statement from the Kenya Wildlife Service said a total of 10 dead lions in the Amboseli ecosystem have been attacked since last week, adding that environmental officials have met with community members.
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There are currently about 30,000 lions left in Africa, and their populations continue to decline, according to data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
According to the conservation NGO Big Life Foundation, to avoid conflicts between lions and humans, special corrals were built to protect the cows from Maasai people and lion attacks.