Nairobi lions start wearing satellite collars


Two lions; a male and a female, at Nairobi National Park began wearing satellite tracking collars Saturday (January 25, 2014) when a team of scientists, researchers and veterinarians initiated Nairobi National Park lion project.

The project, which will run for a period of two years, aims at raising awareness among the local people and tourists about lion movements and on how to prevent livestock predation.

Information gathered during the project will support Nairobi National Park and adjacent areas management strategies with respect to lions, and significantly contribute to lion conservation efforts in Kenya.

The project is expected to help scientists understand the extent lion ranging is affected by human and livestock distribution around the Park. The collars will also aid direct observations of the lions in the field to investigate pride structure and additional social behaviour.

Lion populations in Kenya are suspected to have decreased considerably over the last two decades, mainly due to habitat loss and conflicts with people and their livestock. There are an estimated 2000 lions in Kenya.

The project is jointly funded by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Safaricom Foundation, Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University and the Leo Foundation.


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