Kenya does not allow hunting of lions but we face other challenges. This week lions have just killed all the livestock of a sheep farmer outside Nairobi National Park, highlighting the difficulties of conserving and protecting lions when they come into conflict with ordinary people.
The second threat to lions is from human-wildlife conflict. When lions move beyond the boundaries of the parks, reserves and conservancies and into community lands, they may kill livestock which immediately causes a conflict with the people whose animals are killed. This can result in retaliation resulting in the deaths of lions through spearing or poisoning.
We have agreed to help by looking for donations from well-wishers towards replacing some of the 50 sheep (which cost Kshs 4,000 each, equivalent to US$40 or GB£27). We will start this off by donating a sheep from Gamewatchers Safaris as our contribution and if anyone wishes to support this by making a donation to help to buy a sheep for Rupande Romo and his family then we can receive this on his behalf and will hand this over to him once the livestock enclosure has been repaired and strengthened.
As a result of the generous response to this appeal, we were able to help in replacing all the missing sheep for this family and some others and to install anti-predator lights on the livestock boma – click below for an update: