Recent reports indicate that the wildlife around Amboseli in Southern Kenya declined by 60 – 70% due to the recent drought. Lion attacks on livestock in Maasai homesteads escalated and the people retaliated.
At least 20 lions of a population of 45 lions have been killed. That’s what we know. The most recent census of lions came up with only 10 lions. The governments of East Africa are very shy of bad news, and rightly so, it damages Kenya’s name and potentially drives tourists away. Tourism is one of the most lucrative industries in the region. But these same governmments should not be shy of the truth – they should WAKE UP AND DO SOMETHING.
If you go to Amboseli and the nearby game ranches, you will see the active presence of conservationists like the Lion Guardians and Living with Lions, the At present, conservation organizations in the Amboseli. I was recently interviewed on this issue and my position is well captured in this article by By MICHAEL BURNHAM AND NATHANIAL GRONEWOLD on GreenWire