Stray lions cause panic around the Maasai Mara
SEE ALSO :Rhinos in Kenya face a new threat: studyOne of the initiatives is helping communities build predator-proof cow sheds to keep wild animals out. “Most of the residents living around the park are aware of what is going on. They have even embraced the use of solar lighting to scare away the lions,” he said. Ajuoga added that parents have been cautioned against sending their children to herd, which he said exposed them to attacks. He said it was impossible to fight predation fully, especially in areas where pastoralists keep huge herds that roam free. Ecologists said contrary to the idea that grazers like gazelles, topis and zebras enjoy the tall grass during rainy seasons, they actually dislike it as it exposes them to predators Nkoitoi said the few territorial lions that are still in the park have developed survival tactics, such as climbing trees, rocks and anthills to catch a glimpse of their prey. Pastoral communities herding near the park have been warned of the marauding lions. Tourists at the park are having a field day, however, as they can now easily sight lions at the conservancies. Leonard Sadera, a veteran tour guide at the Maasai Mara, said the sight of lions climbing trees is beautiful and rare. “Tourists are asking to be taken to see the tree-climbing lions. It's a great attraction,” he said. Nkoitoi, however, said the wardens have on several occasions been forced to rescue some of the lions that climb tall trees and are eventually unable to descend. Narok Wildlife Forum Chairman Nicholas Murero asked the authorities to act quickly to prevent human-wildlife conflict.
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