In Kenya, a tragedy occurred – locals killed one of the oldest wild lions in the world. He was 19 years old, which is very rare for African lions. The deceased lion named Lunquito was the leader of his pride and defended his territory along with his brother Ambogga, who died in a territorial fight six years ago. Park rangers reported that from 2010 to 2017, Lunquito successfully defended his pride.
The Kenyan government is concerned about the situation, because in the last week alone, as many as ten lions have been killed in this country. Local authorities urge pastoralists not to resort to violence against roaming lions, but to contact special wildlife protection services. The government, together with environmental organizations, has developed a compensation program for farmers whose livestock died from the fangs of wild animals.
Lions are becoming an endangered species and have lost 90% of their natural habitat. According to the World Wildlife Fund, over the past hundred years, the number of these predators has decreased from 200,000 to 20,000.
“Lunkyto” is the last of its kind. We cannot afford to lose such unique animals. As the famous zoologist David Attenborough said: “We are not the heirs of our planet, we are its temporary inhabitants. And we must leave it in a better condition than it was when we came to it.”
Nature is our home and we must take care of it. It is necessary to pay attention to the problem of conservation of lions and other animals that are endangered.