Big Life Foundation
Facebook icon twitter square red 64x Instagram Vimeo  DONATE

151211 1 1 Poison Destroys Lion Pride That Ventured Too Far

The dead flies are the first sign, their blue bodies in glittering piles, reflecting the sun. Followed by that sinking feeling, discovering that the poisoned cow had been eaten by more than just flies.

On Wednesday morning, a Big Life informer reported that multiple livestock had been killed the night before in a place north of the Amboseli ecosystem. All of the owners seemed to be calm, and noone was talking about retaliating. Our informer did not notice at the time that one cow carcass was missing.

The next piece of information was about a poisoned cow carcass, which prompted a search of the area for predator carcasses. Unfortunately, Big Life and Kenya Wildlife Service rangers found three dead lions—two of them young cubs.

No other carcasses have been found, and tracks indicate that at least one survived, but there were four other lions in the pride who remain unaccounted for.

This tragedy comes in the wake of another lion poisoning in the Maasai Mara only a few days ago, and sadly was almost inevitable. The lions had moved far north of their core ecosystem and outside of Big Life’s area of operation, into an area where people see zero benefit from the existence of wildlife. As much as we wish it were different, we understand exactly what happened.

These are deeply complex issues, with the welfare of people and wildlife on the line. Unfortunately, there are some places in Africa where wildlife has a chance, and others where the balance has tipped too far away from natural systems.

Our only hope is to try to keep the animals we protect away from these areas, or to secure enough funding for the expansion of Big Life’s Predator Compensation Fund. With a larger area of operation, we can not only protect more animals, but also more effectively protect those who unknowingly stray outside the boundaries of the current safe haven.

Share This
 
80% to 100% of Proceeds go to Big Life
160213 1 1 Ranger of the Month January 2016
February 13, 2016

RANGER OF THE MONTH: JANUARY 2016

It’s hard to think straight when you’ve got a lion on your roof, but a warrior’s spear had already glanced off the car and Seiko had to act fast. He put his foot down and the little Suzuki 4x4 went crashing through the… Read More
150519 1 1 Ranger of the Month April 2015 Moloimet Legos
May 19, 2015

BIG LIFE RANGER OF THE MONTH, APRIL 2015: MOLOIMET LEGOS

It was early morning. The young men moved swiftly through the bush. The tracks were fresh and the warriors moved fast, excitement building as they anticipated the combat ahead. By mid afternoon, the warriors found their… Read More
141206 1 1 Ranger of the Month November 2014 Senior Sergeant Lekina Olempumpu
December 06, 2014

BIG LIFE RANGER OF THE MONTH, NOVEMBER 2014: SENIOR SERGEANT LEKINA OLEMPUMPU

Anti-poaching rangers are strong, courageous individuals. They spend whole days patrolling the bush, tracking poachers, and keeping the peace between wildlife and humans. It takes an even stronger character to lead… Read More
141002 1 1 Ranger of the Month August Dickson Ntawuasa
October 02, 2014

BIG LIFE RANGER OF THE MONTH, AUGUST: DICKSON NTAWUASA

A rhino named Dickson, who would have thought? Certainly not the man himself when he stepped in his new position as a ranger 22 years ago.There were only ten rangers back then, a motley crew starting off in a role never… Read More