Maasai lions: Two charged with Kenya poisoning

Petition – Protect Endangered Lions from Poisoning” – Enforce Laws to Protect Lions

Poisoning of the Marsh Pride lions in Masai Mara, Kenya,” LionAid, 11 December 2015

“If the Mara wants to continue to exist as a primary wildlife tourism destination in the future much change and better land use planning is required. Otherwise we will end up once again with another wildlife reserve doomed…..”

Jonathan & Angela Scott, “The Marsh Pride: The Future?” 9 December 2015

“…..the Musiara Marsh area that gave the pride its name has become a ‘no go area’ for a proper pride….”

Kenya Wildlife Service/David Sheldick Wildlife Trust Mobile Vet Unit Comes to Aid of Poisoned Lions in the Mara,” 7 December 2015

BBC Reporting, 7 December 2015

BBC Video Report, 9 December 2015 

Two Maasai herdsmen have been charged after allegedly poisoning a famous pride of lions in Narok, south-west Kenya, a wildlife official said.


Why has this been done? Presumably because humans are encroaching into lion habitat for agricultural needs (and their herds entering lion territory). What incentives can be made to stop the Maasai from edging the African lion even closer to extinction?

3 thoughts on “Maasai lions: Two charged with Kenya poisoning

  1. kimemiamaina says:

    Strictly speaking isn’t all human civilization ultimately ‘encroaching on wildlife habitats?’

    My understanding is that as a game reserve, rather than a full on national park, there is supposed to be some leeway for limited human economic activities in Maasai Mara Game Reserve, but a failure on the part of the government and locals to work out acceptable and sustainable mechanisms to manage what human activities can or cannot take place in the area is the real root of the episodes such as herdsmen poisoning lions to protect their herds.

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    1. internationalwildlifebond1 says:

      Agreed. There are presumably resources within the park boundaries (such as access to water bores/holes) that the herdsman need for their cattle – but the more herds are taken into habitat that contains lions, or the more lions are pushed out of their natural habitat towards human habitats/herds, the more likely it becomes that this type of ‘conflict’ will occur.

      The answers must be in sharing resources, or more spending on exclusive water supplies (etc.) for herdsman’s needs, plus safe fenced enclosures (with ‘lion lights’ to deter interest) for the protection of herds at night (when lion attacks become more prevalent I understand), plus financial compensation for lost cattle when an attack does occur. None of that should be too expensive, or hard to organise (in theory) compared with the loss of precious lions from a dwindling wild population.

      The question is, why is it not happening more widely from the inflow of funds from tourism etc.? Some charities and efforts are working in this direction, this ‘problem’ must be solvable from the Maasai herdsman’s perspective, as well as for the protection of lions, a sustainable solution is possible surely?

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