Kenyan wildlife authorities are fitting livestock-raiding lions with a collar that alerts rangers when the predators venture out of Nairobi National Park.
A team of scientists, researchers and veterinarians have fitted lions at Nairobi National Park in Kenya with satellite tracking collars to help reduce conflict and beef up security operations in the park.
Livestock farmers, especially Maasai herdsmen, track and kill lions to avenge the loss of animals, threatening the existence of 35 to 40 lions at the park on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital.
Rangers will now be able to move to areas where the lion have encroached using coordinates sent by the collars and return the animals to the park. The collars send GPS coordinates by text messages to a rangers’ cell phones.
Kenya Wildlife Service said 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 observation of the lions in the field and help investigate pride structure and additional social behavior.
The lion population in Kenya is suspected to have decreased considerably over the last two decades mainly due to habitat loss and conflicts with people and their live stock. There are an estimated 2,000 lions in Kenya. Agencies