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THE KITENGELA SIX: Outrage over lion killings in Nairobi – Reader Caution: Graphic Photos *Updated with video

Nairobi National Park is likely one of the most visited protected areas in all of Africa, home to wildlife including lions and other big cats that are possibly viewed by more people than any others in Africa.  Yesterday morning, six lions were killed just outside the protected area.  Big Cats Initiative Grantee Dr. Paula Kahumbu is dedicated to protecting and conserving big cats and other wildlife throughout this region.  She provides the following dispatch from the field:

by Dr. Paula Kahumbu, WildlifeDirect and the Big Cats Initiative 

The Kitengela Six: Video 1 of 3 (Warning: Graphic)

Yesterday morning’s killing of  six lions just 15 kilometers south of the Nairobi Park has sparked outrage in the Kenyan news and the news has gone global sparking huge debate. These weren’t any old lions, they are all individually known lions The two females (AF3 and AF4) and their cubs, two juveniles and two young cubs.

The local communities argue that their losses of livestock are not taken seriously by the Government authorities. The Government has threatened to arrest those responsible for killing the lions which has only hardened the community stand. This morning a local elder told me angrily that he was ready to go to jail – for saving his community’s livelihood.

The Kitengela Six: Video 2 of 3 (Warning: Graphic)

WildlifeDirect, working with the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative has been discussing the challenges with the local communities and seeking a lasting solution that will enable people to benefit from living lions to secure their future in this landscape. We are exploring how to secure adequate land for lions.

The Kitengela Six: Video 3 of 3 (Warning: Graphic)

 

Comments

  1. Sebastian James
    USA
    April 21, 2013, 9:58 am

    The problem is that the Human species is the most powerful and populous animal on Earth. And disproportionately the most stupid and selfish on Earth. I think se would gladly sacrifice an entire species for the sake of one human life. They will rant about the murderousness of lions, wolves, etc. yet ignore the butchery and slaughter visited on humans by other humans. By the 1960’s, humans had killed about 250 MILLION of their fellow humans.

    Homo Sapiens “culled” 50,000 dogs in a province in China after a rabid dog bit a child; there was
    possibility of 500,000 pet dogs at risk in another province. One guesses that vaccine is unknown.

    The USA is no bargain either: from NYC’s slaughter of scape-goated. Canadian Geese to mayoral hopeful Quinn’s refusal to lift a finger to ban the brutally produced foie gras, to the West’s demented, vicious slaughter of wolves.

    Until humans understand the importance of other animal species, we will decline along with the Earth which we trash. We have to respect Life with a capital “L”. not just human life.

    More locally, the educating people from other cultures such as the Masai in a Culturally Appropriate way and requiring they be reimbursed for their losses seems like at least a good start.

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  4. Charlene Sills
    Michigan
    November 29, 2012, 5:58 pm

    I understand that its their property and wealth. Its like saying that my proerty like my car gets vandalized by someone or even an animal and now I can’t get back and forth to work so now I can’t provide for my family so I should slaughter the animal responsible for the damage???? And no I don’t have full coverage on my car just basic plpd insurance so there’s no way to have it replaced. As far as I’m concerned same thing just different type of wealth.

  5. Charlene Sills
    Michigan
    November 29, 2012, 5:46 pm

    I have read every comment posted and most have very valid points however bottom line is these lions went after livestock not humans therefore under no circumstance should they have been slaughtered. Its as simple as that! The bastards responsible need to pay for this crime and be punished to the maximum. Period end of story.

  6. Jim
    Living in Reality
    November 28, 2012, 7:48 pm

    Holy Cow! And I mean that. There are thousands of cultures in the world. Understand before you judge.<<>>
    September 29, 11:24 pm
    i happen to be Kenyan… the killing of lions happens mostly within the maasai community. they regard cattle as wealth, it is the centre of their culture. The maasai believe that cattle is their sole ownership given to them by their god enkai. with this in mind, they will go at lengths to protect them. what the kenyan govt. has failed to do is to educate these people on the benefits of such animals and how they can live peacefully with the animals. on the other hand the maasai ought to think for themselves that animals have a lower thinking capacity, theyre just animals, they do what they can to survive. >>>>> who would understand the Kenyan culture better?

  7. ozan türk
    turkey
    November 24, 2012, 7:11 am

    unless we get that we are nothing without animals on earth we ll see that terrible crimes

  8. Bee
    talahassee
    November 20, 2012, 8:57 pm

    Killing lions is really dum on my part. They didn’t have to kill them unless their faimly was indangerd or they where being atacked by them. Its just really sad to see them all cut up and shot. And expecaliy if they where cut up for their skin. I just don’t understand why they didn’t get somebody to help them get them out of their. :( REALLY UPSETTING. AND DiSTERBING.

  9. Tom Rees-Herdman
    Cape Town
    November 19, 2012, 9:43 pm

    This is crazy shit, like an earlier commenter said, on the grand scheme of things it is a great hypocrisy. Once they/we were importing these beasts and putting them on show and tormenting them, now we have had a change of heart, try explaining that to a big cat, either it is hungry or its already eaten. Villagers on the front line have to protect themselves. This adulation of lions and other majestic dumb beasts is ignoring the facts of nature, they play by much simpler rules and if you cannot control them then they will come take what they can. Simple facts of life

  10. drazen pecanic
    Croatia Europe
    November 16, 2012, 6:24 am

    i dont understand the stupidity of people who kill the big cats because if they used there brain they would see that these cats bring them the future but to bring future to them they must live together coegzist becouse thats there gold safari parks is future and gold for the african countrys wild animals in parks is there future.

  11. Divakar
    Hyderabad city / India
    November 9, 2012, 5:41 am

    Killing of wild animals is brutal act. Local people should be educated and the Kenyan Government shall take necessary steps to protect the livestock

  12. Nina H.
    Canada,Ontario
    November 7, 2012, 4:08 pm

    As i read comments some people from keya say they had to kill the beast i disagree and agree i understand how they might feel if they have a hungry beast near you and your kids but WE ARE KILLING AND HUNTING ARE ANIMALS TO MUCH A LOT ARE EXTINC ALMOST ALL ANIMALS ARE ENDANGERED! IT MAKES ME FEEL ANGRY LOSING AN ANIMALS THAT WE HAVE VERY LESS OF MORE THAN 4 HUMANS THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF.

  13. MaRoe
    zimbabwe
    November 6, 2012, 10:51 am

    PEOPLE WHO DO NOT LIVE IN AFRICA OR KENYA FOR THAT MATTER ARE VERY QUICK TO CRITICIZE THE VILLAGERS, BUT THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE CIRCUMSTANCES THESE VILLAGERS ARE FORCED TO LIVE UNDER. FIRST OF ALL, LIONS ARE VERY VERY DANGEROUS. FORGET THE CUTE CUB PICTURES, FORGET THE LION KING, THESE ANIMALS ARE SWIFT TO ATTACK IF THEY HAVE CUBS. THIS MEANT THAT PUBLIC SAFETY WAS COMPROMISED. SINCE THE PARKS ARE AUTHORISED TO KEEP WILD CATS, THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD MORE STRINGENT MEASURES IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THE LIONS DO NOT ESCAPE UNDER AND IF THEY DO, THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A WAY TO QUICKLY DETECT IT. SECONDLY, THESE SO CALLED ANIMAL LOVERS SHOULD REMEMBER THAT LIONS ARE KNOWN TO PREY ON HUMAN BEINGS. AND I BELIEVE IN SUCH VILLAGES CHILDREN WALK LONG DISTANCES TO WALK TO SCHOOL……. IMAGINE IF IT WERE YOUR CHILDREN, WOULD U WANT THEM TO BE IN HARM’S WAY? THESE PEOPLE WHO CONDEMNTHE VILLAGERS SHOULD REMEMBER THAT THE VILLAGERS WERE ALSO TRYING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, THEIR HOMES, THEIR WIVES. IM SURE THE TOURISTS, BIOLOGISTS AND THE LIKES LIVE NOWHERE NEAR THE PARK AND THE LIONS ARE NOT AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THEM. SO IN SUCH A SCENARIO, IT VERY EASY TO JUDGE… BUT WHERE HUMAN LIVES ARE AT RISK, ANIMALS DO NOT TAKE PRECEDENCE. THE ARTICLE DOES SAY THERE WERE TWO FULLY GROWN ANIMALS PLUS 2 JUVENILES. THATS DANGEROUS ENOUGH…THE CUBS…WITHOUT THE MOTHER THEY WOULD HAVE DIED ANYWAY. THATS HOW LIFE IS. FINALLY, THE LIVESTOCK. A COW MIGHT SEEM PETTY TO YOU IF YOU ARE GETTING A SIX FIGURE SALARY LIVING IN A FLAT SOMEWHERE, BUT FOR A POOR KENYAN VILLAGER, WITH NO REGULAR INCOME, A COW IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS. THEY HAVE NO INSURANCE OF ANY SORT, NO BENEFITS NO INVESTMENTS. THE LIVESTOCK IS ALL THEY HAVE. THEY LIKE ALL OTHER HUMAN BEINGS ARE TRYING TO GET BY………. LET US NOT BE QUICK TO DEEM JUDGEMENT BEFORE WE CONSIDER ALL THE FACT…….. LET THE PARK BREED MORE LIONS IN CAPTIVITY WITH THE BIOLOGISTS HELP….. WHATS THE BIG DEAL…. LONG BACK THE VERY SAME PEOPLE CAME TO AFRICA TO HUNT THESE ANIMALS FOR DISPLAYS IN ZOOS CIRCUSES AND PRIVATE SHOWS. THATS HOW LIONS ENDED UP ON A LIST OF THE BIG FIVE AND NOW…..THEY ARE LEADING THE SAVE THE LION CRUSAIDES…….PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. MOSES OUMA.
    NAIROBI, KENYA
    November 6, 2012, 5:04 am

    AND FOR THE RECORD IN KENYA AS MUCH AS WE MIGHT BE LIVING AT LESS THAN 4% PER CAPITA INCOME AS COMPARED TO WHOEVER IT IS THAT WAS POSTING THOSE UTTERLY UNRELATED STATISTICAL COMMENTS, WE ARE HAPPIER AND OUR BRAINS LESS BURDENED BY THE USE OF LARGELY USELESS TECHNOLOGICAL INVENTIONS THAT TURN HUMANS INTO MINDLESS DRONES WHO HAVE LOST MOST OF THEIR NATURAL GUT INSTINCTS TO ENDLESS DAILY ROUTINES. WE BREATHE THE FRESH MORNING AIR YOU GUYS BUY IT THROUGH AIR CONDITIONERS,WALK VAST EXPANSES OF NATURAL LAND YOU GUYS PAY THE GYMNS TO ACCESS EQUIPMENT TO WALK ON,WE JUMP OVER BEAUTIFUL WATERFALLS YOU GUYS PAY TO GO TO OVERCROWDED WATERPARKS. TRY KENYA AND EXPERIENCE REAL LIFE WITHOUT A COST.KARIBU WELCOME ALL.

  15. MOSES OUMA.
    NAIROBI,KENYA
    November 6, 2012, 4:32 am

    VERY NOBLE SENTIMENTS EXPRESSED ON THE TOPIC.BUT MOST ARE COMING FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE ONLY SEEN LIONS ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND ANIMAL CHANNEL, THESE ARE UTTERLY MISPLACED.YES IT IS SAD THAT THE NOBLE CREATURES HAD TO DIE.BUT HAS ANY OF YOU COMMENTATORS LIVED UP CLOSE TO LIONS?HAVE YOU SEEN HOW A HUMAN BEING MAULED BY A SINGLE LION LOOKS LIKE? HAS ANYONE SEEN HOW SAVAGE THESE BEASTS ARE DURING A MEAL?(NOT ON TV IN THE SAFETY OF YOUR FAVOURITE COUCH BUT ACTUALLY ON THE GROUND UPCLOSE),THEY EVEN TURN AGAINST EACH OTHER !ON THE GROUND THEY AREN’T AS CUTE AND CUDDLY AS YOU GUYZ THINK.TRUST ME.. A LONE LION ROARING AT DAWN OUT IN THE WILD IS ENOUGH TO GIVE YOU THE CREEPS FOR A WEEK.(TRY CAMPING IN THE NGONG HILLS OF KENYA AND HEAR FOR YOURSELF).I CAN GIVE A FREE RETURN TICKET TO NAIROBI TO ANYONE WHO WILL COME AND HANG OUT WITH A LION IN THE WILD AMONG ITS PRIDE FOR HALF A DAY AND LIVE TO TELL HOW CUTE AND GEORGEOUS THEY ARE. EVEN THE BIG CAT DIARY GUYS CANNOT VIEW THESE CATS WITHOUT BEING IN THE SAFETY OF THEIR CARS IN AS MUCH AS THEY CLAIM TO HAVE EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS TO THESE CATS…SO PLEASE DON’T ADOPT THE HOLIER THAN THOU ATTITUDE ON THE TERRIFIED VILLAGERS WHO KNOW THAT UNLESS SOMETHING IS DONE LIONS WILL ALWAYS RETURN TO THE SCENE OF THEIR BEST KILL.MAJESTIC AS THEY ARE THEY ARE STILL SAVAGES AND WILL KILL ANYTHING EVEN YOU COMMENTATORS JUST FOR THE HECK OF IT. ZOO LIONS(PROBABLY THE ONLY LIONS YOU GUYS HAVE EVER SEEN) ARE MERE KITTENS AS COMPARED TO AFRICAN LIONS AS THEY ARE CONDITIONED TO BEHAVE FOR FOOD. AVE LIVED CLOSE TO THESE BEASTS AND FRANKLY, KILLING THEM WAS THE ONLY WAY .THEY WERE NOT KILLED FOR SPORT BUT AS A LAST RESORT. SAD AS IT IS..

  16. pickle lol
    somewhere on this planet
    November 4, 2012, 7:14 pm

    i can’t believe somebody would do this! Some peeps just make me turn on fire >8U! We are all animals! So respect that, respect that we aren’t the ones not even surviving.Because those lions didn’t deserve that, we walked among there territory and killed them! Such a shame you people can sleep at night knowing that we are crushing species, living over them!Please don’t kill the animal before they kill you! :0 Also don’y be shocked if you see an animal in your yard, because over population has forced them to move to our “habitat”.

  17. Lisa
    Canada
    October 30, 2012, 5:06 pm

    very disappointed in mankind thinking they solely own planet earth for their own advancement and ascension while they pinch other animals into small imperfect ecosystems where they cannot grow and advance FAIRLY. Share the earth!

  18. matthew rankin
    bridgeport tx
    October 25, 2012, 2:23 pm

    i think that shooting or spearing the lions wasnt a proper solotion they were just outside the protected zone why not send some one to tell them the lions location and giving it a second thought before killing some humans disgust me.

  19. Carolina
    Europe
    October 22, 2012, 8:50 am

    To all those who condemn the villagers, to all those who preach about saving the endagered, look at your own hands before you condemn. You yourselves are ruining the planet without realising. The car you drove to work, the house you live in, the paper you use, the land you live on. How dare you critisize and preach about villagers who were protecting their land when everyday you are slowly killing this planet. Shame on your ingorance.

  20. Gautam Sen
    India
    October 21, 2012, 4:08 am

    Heart-rending sights! O God, how long will these innocent creatures suffer!!! Those who killed them are a shame.

  21. Anonymous Unknown
    United States
    October 19, 2012, 7:59 pm

    Yes, it is a terrible tragedy that these loins were killed, and we need to take better care of the world we share with animals, but it is insanity to say that killing an animal is as bad as killing a human. And though man is responsible for the welfare of animals, it is not rational to go on saying you are ashamed of being part of the human race. While Lions are more important then some livestock, the villiagers lives could have been at risk, and that is more important than a lion’s life. (I dont want to hear “but there are 6 Billion of us and only 20,000 of them”) And on the subject of these people being “tortured in the same way the lions were” or severly punished, are these people guilty of any crime other than protecting their famalies? Protecting their only source of income and sustained welfare? We need to seriously consider where we stand in the world before we disown the only rational species on earth. Would a Lion spare you?

  22. Ragupathy K
    Malaysia
    October 16, 2012, 8:22 am

    We are already living in a ‘sorry world’ and this tragedy is heartbreaking to see and it gets worst when you realize it is really happening in the real world. I agree with the statement given by Kafi. The government should immediately look into this matter very very very seriously and draw out a plan to wipe out this kind of tragedy in the future. I will strongly suggest the government campaign using sports idols/celebrities so that the addressing power will be stronger and people might just do things for the people who they love making their country proud and known throughout the world.

  23. Isabella
    dallas texas
    October 12, 2012, 11:06 pm

    i seriously dont get why people do this. i cnt stand to see my favorite animal being killed like that.

  24. alfonso martinez
    bucaramanga colombia
    September 30, 2012, 11:41 pm

    el hombre no solo es lobo para el hombre sino tambièn (y en peor grado) para la naturaleza… y se olvida que al hacerlo atenta contra sì mismo y su futuro en este planeta.

  25. Rene
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    September 30, 2012, 5:03 am

    Saving our precious world wild, wild life for ourselves and our offsprings must be put high on the agenda of the national and international government(s). Although I somehow understand the perspective of the local community it is the governments and our responsibility to take action. Dear fellow people, the number of lions in the wild have decreased from 450.000 to 20.000 in 50 years! The thought of it gives me goose spots and makes me so sad! We must united and all do whatever lays within our power to turn the tide.

  26. Brian O
    United States
    September 29, 2012, 11:24 pm

    i happen to be Kenyan… the killing of lions happens mostly within the maasai community. they regard cattle as wealth, it is the centre of their culture. The maasai believe that cattle is their sole ownership given to them by their god enkai. with this in mind, they will go at lengths to protect them. what the kenyan govt. has failed to do is to educate these people on the benefits of such animals and how they can live peacefully with the animals. on the other hand the maasai ought to think for themselves that animals have a lower thinking capacity, theyre just animals, they do what they can to survive.

  27. Abdirashid sh Bashir
    Hargeisa somaliland
    September 29, 2012, 6:39 am

    I think those who did that is very selfish people and they didn’t understand well how to become environmental friendship. and my hot suggestion is arrest them and bring them to the justice so the government must be jailed them immediately

  28. alvin
    subang jaya malaysia
    September 28, 2012, 4:11 am

    what is a few cows compared to a few lions that are endangered…..for me there are too many human beings..we spread like wildfire all over…we kill ,rape and destroy nature and its animals….remember they were here b4.
    when men kill animals we get a slap on the wrist but when animals kill man..they get put down…bcoz there are a danger to humans….what about man who kill animals……arent they a danger to all thing living…..
    long live the lions and death to all those who kill endangered animals

  29. Mikayla
    Metamora,IL
    September 27, 2012, 3:14 pm

    I can’t understand why the government isn’t doing anything about this. Just because they are animals doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings.

  30. Daryl
    Philippines
    September 25, 2012, 5:03 pm

    To Tim from US. Are your eyes wide open? Did you see what those people did to those lions? Is that what you called just protecting their livestock? Come on, what are authorities for? Have you ever heard of the fact about not putting the law into your own hands? The same rule applies even on this beautiful animals. We can produce livestock in a month or two, a couple more cows, a dozen of chicks but can you support just 6 lions in your whole lifetime? Think about your point.

  31. Karen
    Canada
    September 24, 2012, 5:17 pm

    Just as all over the world, humans have ever been encroaching on wild animal habitat and pushing them to the point where the animals have no where to hunt, live and be free. While I feel for the “farmers”, they should know that their domesticated animals will take a chance and be killed by the native wildlife. It’s a chance we all take when we encroach on wildlife. Leave the wildlife alone and give them space to be free and live. Arrest those who have done this horrific killing and bring them to justice.

  32. animal lover
    September 22, 2012, 6:49 pm

    It’s sad when people retaliate at animals when they are only doing what they are made to do. Like with these lionesses they were probably only providing food for their cubs. If there is anything I can do to bring knowledge to others about what is happening please let me know. I would hate to know that I could have helped but let the opportunity pass.

  33. yigit
    Bursa,Turkey
    September 21, 2012, 3:29 pm

    its so bad…
    What can ı say?

  34. Ekin Kwik
    Singapore
    September 21, 2012, 11:31 am

    Seriously?seriously?seriously.I think you all went overboard. Stupid.

  35. Tim
    US
    September 19, 2012, 11:52 am

    I think everyone needs to step back from your side of this issue and put your shoes in the villagers who did shoot the lions. Lions are fierce, efficient predators. If your complete livelihood is sitting in a field and there were predators around, you would do the same thing. Yes this is a tragedy but before you blame the people in the villages. Wherever you live in the US, you have destroyed important habitat without even thinking about. Unless you are completely self efficient in growing all your own food and not using city water or well water. Than you have helped in the hunting of wolves and bears around cattle farms or in the sense of thousands of acres of forests and natural prairie land has been destroyed for your food. So yes this is a horrible depletion in a fragile lion population , but is it really fair blaming these people for protecting the little they have.

  36. Linda
    Australia
    September 18, 2012, 2:40 pm

    Absolute disgrace! When oh when are people going to wake up? I really don’t want to live in a world of no wildlife. All continents’ animals are unique and once gone, they are gone forever! The wolves and bears in America, Tigers in India, Polar bears and seals in the Arctic, the list goes on and on! No other species on this earth does this apart from humans. At times, I am so ashamed to be a member of the human race! We, as humans, should hold our heads in shame.

  37. Jigar Makwana
    india
    September 18, 2012, 12:36 pm

    it’s a very very bad news for us…

  38. Martha Galbraith
    US
    September 11, 2012, 8:35 pm

    If indeed these animals wandered out of their reserve in search of food is that not the natural inclination of any wild species ? We are seeing this here in the US( minus the killing of said animals) Black bears and other animals are coming in increasing numbers in search of food. Pardon my ignorance ,but how is the boundary of the reserve marked? Animals will wander in search of food if their is no enclosure to keep them in. Also, why did these people not have adequate protection for their live stock ? That said , even though the people acted cruelly by killing the lions this something that has been going on longer than there have been animal conservationists ,etc…… Lions,etc are wild animals and need to eat. People need their animals to provide sustenance,etc. It’s a Catch 22, a vicious circle and yet a natural one.

  39. Deep Ranjan
    India
    September 11, 2012, 10:33 am

    this is very sad news, Kenya is blessed with these precious and extinct creatures, but no care and effort they are getting for preserved. People use to pay $ for visiting the national Parks of Kenya, I think Govt should take part, in urgent basis for preserving these wild cats, otherwise no one will pay Africa for tourism.

  40. Debby
    USA
    September 6, 2012, 2:42 am

    Horrible act and horrible people! Can anyone tell me why the tails were removed? If they’re protecting their livestock, is there a reason to take the tails? It makes me realize how evil and self absorbed people are and why I love animals more all the time. I would rather spend my days in the honesty of animals and away from the evils of humans.

  41. Subrata Sarkar
    Calcutta, India
    September 3, 2012, 2:16 am

    A bunch of Bustards! Kill them in people just like they did with the lions – these people are curse to Eco-system.

  42. Wayne
    Canada
    August 31, 2012, 4:09 pm

    Those people who killed these magnificent creatures must be punished and if not the people God will have His answer for them. We should be more respectful to all other living creatures around us . We do not own this world and we have no right to kill these animals . I Pray that people that can help, should help, protect wild life and nature from insensitive and selfish humans. The community lost some livestock , it’s a lost that cannot be argued . It’s the circle of life.

  43. Tatiana
    portugal
    August 30, 2012, 8:05 pm

    the animals are free to live and to be free now kills them without guilt only if they have had to defend they entered the natural habitat of these beautiful animals. 1 to kill a aminal whatever the size, aspect, everything has to be respected as human beings. Think first before you kill animals so beautiful like these

  44. summath@yahoo.com
    illinois
    August 30, 2012, 11:32 am

    This nonsense has to stop. I hope they catch those responsible for killing these lions. They were well known and belonged to the community. They weren’t harming anyone. Karma on those responsible.

  45. Jake
    India, Calcutta
    August 30, 2012, 12:56 am

    It’s absolutely pathetic to witness the attitude of humans towards the rest of the animals in the animal kingdom! I can’t understand the fact that how human beings think that they are the Gods of this planet and how can they justify that they can kill and this time the baseless reason was “protecting my livestock” How disgustingly insane! First the Government is at its fault, because it should always be kept in mind to keep people of the limits from where the lions are kep. An excuse of killing lions just because they attacked the livestock is absolutely ridiculous! The people responsible should be punished! In Fact they should be torchured in the same manner!

  46. RIYAD GOOLAMALLY
    mauritius
    August 22, 2012, 3:22 am

    What would Kenya be without LIons……you are blessed with these animals on your territory,,,,and it brings revenue to your country in form of tourism industry. Killing Cubs only bring tears to my eyes and that of the future generation of our planet. Please save the Lions from Extermination.

  47. alissa smith
    pearl river la
    August 21, 2012, 3:24 pm

    yall crule people

  48. Daryl
    Philippines
    August 15, 2012, 4:28 am

    This is tragic. We humans are the most intelligent form of life in nature. We humans must adjust when it comes to conflict in wild life. In the first place we are the ones that explore, study and conserve them. We know how they live and we know how they act. We are aware that they are wild. Killing livestock is not an excuse to give them the same fate. They are animals, they get hungry and hunting is their way of life to feed themselves. They can’t grow their own food, they can’t produce livestock, just like humans. They depend on nature, they depend on us. We have many options, report it to authorities and etc. But killing it? it’s just inhumane. They are animals, just alive but unaware. They just act hungry, territorial and defensive when threatened. That’s their way of life. We Humans? We can do better. We can think better.

  49. Avil dcunha
    INDIA(Karnataka)
    August 9, 2012, 7:21 am

    the people should be moved near by national park and give shelter away from the park and should teach the lesson about wild animal innocence and their habitate

  50. Ben Viglietta
    Beautiful Farm Country in Upstate NY
    August 7, 2012, 7:03 am

    The per capita income in Canada is 50 times greater than that in Kenya. Just TRY to imagine . . . I think donating to Cause an Uproar is a good thing. It is the judgmental tone regarding the villagers which bothers me.

  51. Hope
    Canada
    August 5, 2012, 9:42 pm

    The solution is simple: move the people and their livestock. It really doesn’t take brains to figure it out, just a willingness to see the big picture. You can never safely do conservation so long as those right on the edge are hungry. They will kill without regard because it is always about self first. Punishment for those who do break the law for profit is also way too lenient.

  52. Marissa
    Brisbane
    August 2, 2012, 11:21 pm

    It’s ok for humans to take from a lion (or any big cat) but when they take from us, it’s death for them? I am so ashamed of my own kind, we are nothing but cruel, selfish beings. It deeply saddens me to hear about such a shocking tragedy.

  53. Ben Viglietta
    July 27, 2012, 5:24 am

    Still in moderation? Are you fairminded enough to post a reasonably stated view which is different from the usual reaction? I misworded one sentence so if you would edit my post to change this one sentence: ” . . . Americans, please keep in mind that A FAMILY IN Kenya liveS on AN INCOME which is less than 4% of that in the U.S. . . . ” Thx.

  54. Ben Viglietta
    Rural New York State, USA
    July 23, 2012, 5:29 pm

    It is sad to hear of these 6 lion deaths. But is it fair to say that the killing was deplorable? The persons who killed the lions had their very lives threatened by the death of their livestock. Kenya has a per capita income of about U.S. $1700 per year. Americans, please keep in mind that the people of Kenya live on a total resource pool which is less than 4% of that in the U.S. Imagine. That is a statistic, I know, but try to translate that statistic into the life of the Kenyans, into the real struggle, real suffering that they must endure.

  55. Samuel Uchenna o
    Lagos Nigeria
    July 23, 2012, 3:59 pm

    Yea, if you or government want to rear wide Animal you have to make a good provision for them because they are wide and can not be easily control.

  56. Jocimar Monteiro
    Brasil
    July 22, 2012, 4:57 pm

    This is a tremendous ignorance, so those who kill the animals deserve the same fate, because they love nature, and not loving nature does not love yourself, we all are part of nature, God let nature take care of it for men and do not destroy, the people are so ignorant that they are destroying not only the wildlife habitat, but rather your own habitat, cattle are not excuses to kill the animals, what the hell they want to create cattle that surround their land and will create within the limits of their enclosed land, they look like they’ve let their cattle at the mercy of the lions just to have a hypocritical and stupid reason to kill them, it is unfortunate, as most people do not learn to respect nature, or rather, respect yourself because we are part of nature, unfortunately, our world will end. Who treats animals this way, deserves the same kind of treatment, are people who behave like real animals that do this, or rather worse than they, because the animals are smart, just follow your instinct, since such persons or instinct is, why are there?

  57. marley figueroa
    venezuela
    July 22, 2012, 3:03 pm

    como ayudamos desde venezuela a conserbar a estos grandes felinos

  58. marley figueroa
    venezuela
    July 22, 2012, 2:55 pm

    es triste ver a ess grandes felinos en esa situacion si tubiera medios haria lo imposible por buscar un lugar para ellos y de esa manera hacer una campaña para prevenir su extincion

  59. vezna
    Sydney
    July 20, 2012, 2:28 am

    Could they not have shot them with sleeping bullets and relocated them.Keep the cattle fenced in like we do in Australia maybe,No excuse for killing the cubs.

  60. Desiree
    Seattle, wa United States
    July 15, 2012, 12:59 am

    It is a truely devastating act. Carried out by ignorant humans who have no respect for these beautiful majestic species nor for their own mother earth. What is it going to take before we stand up for what is right & make a stand against the slaughtering of such majestic animals. I am deeply saddnened by this. Yet I still have hope that there are enogh people out there who know what is right & can make a stand. I want to know that these animals will be here long after any of us because they show us how to live.

  61. Eli Gigi
    Israel
    July 14, 2012, 9:04 am

    i just saw the movie ” The last Lion in National Geographic” one of the best story’s i saw ever.. was crying.. people really have to stop killing lions, or someone have to care about it we have to stop it!

  62. Subhrajit Roy
    Singapore
    July 11, 2012, 10:43 am

    There are just too many of us. Us human beings. And there’s not enough land, fertile arable land that is available to share with other animals any more.

    This is a lost cause now. Given that Nat. Geo. states that in the last 50 years the population of lions has come down to 20,000 from 450,000, how can we expect to halt this mindless killing?

    Did you read the article above, the govt. “threatens” arrest and jail time. What a joke! Is this a game? Or is this how law is applied in Kenya? They threaten the men responsible for this. It almost sounds like they’re being reprimanded for crushing a few ants. Rest assured nothing will come out of this.

    We are surely steaming ahead to a world where these cats will disappear within the next generation of two of human beings.

    The good thing is, by the time we completely destroy all ecosystems and actually realize that we completely screwed up and it starts affecting our daily lives, it will be too late. We will just pay a price that we cannot fathom yet. But hey… what do we care… it’s our unseen children who will pay the price! What me worry… Let’s keep killing…

    We’re the best and the worst thing that happened to this planet. Or to ourselves.

    Shameful event. And utterly shameful response of the authorities. I just finished watching “Last of the Lions” (a Nat. Geo. film) and it breaks my heart to see such majestic animals lying about. The numbers, the callous people around and the response of the community that killed them. Heroes are rising from amidst them willing to go to jail for they have protected their livelihood by killing off 6 of these animals, cubs included. We humans are a class act.

  63. [...] week, we saw the massacre of a lion pride outside the Nairobi National Park—see “The Kitengela Six” post on this site.  We are now also sad to report the loss of a young male lion speared to [...]

  64. Clarissa
    Brownsville,TX
    July 10, 2012, 1:31 pm

    What’s up with that.People need to stop killing lions they beautiful animals .The people that killed them have to go to jail ,
    and thats not fair that the people that owned the lions have to go to jail. Lions are natural beauty,who would want to kill mother nature most top beautiful animals. Let’s give peace to the world.

  65. mitko
    Bulgaria
    July 9, 2012, 10:05 am

    This amazing creatures will be gone soon unfortunately

  66. mitko
    Bulgaria
    July 9, 2012, 9:59 am

    The peoples are on the lion’s territory not opposite

  67. GB
    Lagos
    July 8, 2012, 5:27 pm

    Very very sad.
    This planet doesn’t belong to humans alone, We’re the most intelligent animal, unfortunately we’re a very selfish specie and selfishness always seems to win over intelligence. selfishness of the Government as well as the people. Sad reality is that the lions will not survive this. Very soon, they will only be in zoos.

    Sad stuff.

  68. cassy
    US
    July 6, 2012, 11:36 pm

    This, is just so nasty I mean who could do this to such an inisant creature I mean there not that enisant but still this is nasty I dont know how people could do this its just nasty and sick.

  69. Lolla Allves
    Brasil
    July 6, 2012, 8:13 am

    We gotta show the true power of the lions ,and help this animals ! .They need our help ,please save the big cats ,please save this amazings animals !!

  70. LionsRule
    Princes Risborough
    July 2, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Whoever did this to these beautiful animals should be shot. I would rather see evil, selfish humans starve than for our world to be without these gorgeous creatures.

  71. thron
    July 1, 2012, 9:53 pm

    this makes me really upset i wish that our world will stop killing these animals i dont get it how those people can kill those poor lions they got out because they probaly needed food for their cubs lions ain’t that endanger but they will be if we don’t do nothing i know alot of things of them and i say we need to do something about them

  72. Ryane
    Florida
    June 29, 2012, 2:17 am

    This is not only horrible but it is sickening. People have no respect for animals and don’t care about the consequences of their actions, it is truely selfish. An animals life is just as important as a humans.

  73. Bogdan
    Romania
    June 28, 2012, 8:30 pm

    Also, i want to help animals in Romania because are supposed to a rare cruelty. In special, horses, dogs… Who loves animals know how its feel. Please contact me! Thank you!

  74. Bogdan
    Romania
    June 28, 2012, 8:19 pm

    I’m sorry for that lions. I love animals very very much and i protect them when i can. I want to make a website about protecting animals. IF someone is interested, can found me at chezanbogdan92@yahoo.com or on facebook Chezan Bogdan. It’s 3:10 P.M and i watched tv a very sad story about lions. We have to help all the animals in the world!! this will happen if we are united! for a good world, love animals! With respect, Bogdan.

  75. trisha
    south carolina
    June 28, 2012, 12:02 pm

    I think what they did to these lions was wrong and the people who did it should be arrested.Lions and all big cats are on there way to extinction already and people dont realize that there just makin everything worse!Just because they killed some of there livestock dosent mean you kill all six of these lions,its just in there nature to hunt and they see it no differently than killing a cape buffulo.

  76. Anushree
    India
    June 28, 2012, 6:05 am

    It is ghastly how such innocent animals can be killed. Humans have encroached on lands way beyond required. This is shocking to see. More precautions MUST be taken to ensure that these Big Cats are safe

  77. rodrigo
    CHILE
    June 26, 2012, 6:19 pm

    Wait for me I’m saving money to get TO HELP AFRICA, THAT THESE ANIMALS DO NOT GO AWAY admirable

  78. rodrigo
    CHILE
    June 26, 2012, 6:09 pm

    UNDERSTAND MORE PUBLICITY, MORE MOVIES LIKE THE LAST LIONS MORE INFO ON TV, Dereck and Beverly Joubert matched WELL DOING THIS FILM, I AM FROM CHILE, HERE AT THE END OF THE WORLD THE MOVIE HAS BEEN VERY ANNOTATED ONLY THROUGH THE INTERNET , SO TELL MORE PUBLICITY, MORE INFORMATION, TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE SITUATION AND ENTERE TOPIC IS pUT ON THE TABLE IN THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE WORLD

  79. Tn
    June 25, 2012, 1:19 pm

    Michael, it is indeed tragic if two women were mauled
    However, if human loss or injuries is a concern, humans
    Have been the cause of almost all of them not wild animals.

    The truth is, humans slaughter animals for trophies, recreation
    And for just about any other reason.

    But

  80. Mukesh
    Melbourne
    June 25, 2012, 8:13 am

    @Michale – Nairobi: I think you should know the fact, in last 50 yrs from 250,000 to 20,000 big cats gone…
    I think you can justify your comments with the above numbers.
    What are you talking about hypocricy. You are just justifying the fact that those cats and cubs were killed was justified the case.
    Great man, people like you are responsible for the reason the great species of our time will vanish..
    Sadly….

  81. Mark
    United States
    June 24, 2012, 4:33 pm

    Michael from Nairobi brings up a good point; however, the tails had been cut off the cubs. This is a clear act of trophy hunting and not just defending the local livestock. The situation has become less of a search for harmony, and just a desperate strike for survival birthed from fear.

  82. Tn
    June 24, 2012, 6:49 am

    Thank you Kafi, I should have read your comment earlier

    If their migration route has been taken over by people well
    then lions and other predators have a bleak chance of
    Surviving indeed

  83. Tn
    united states
    June 24, 2012, 6:39 am

    I am giving up on hope for these animals.
    The government and authorities lack of concern is the main reason for this.
    If they haven’t yet figured out how to compensate people for lost live stock there is no hope, .
    I won’t go on a safari to see the last few lions and the top 5 barely holding on
    While governments refuse to do the obvious to save them.

    Its nothing but petty greed and the age old, well animals can’t speak and they are lower than us, so who cares.
    As it stands now, the future is just humans trying to
    Out wealth one another and no sacred , gorgeous animals to share our world with.
    Just petty humans wanting more and more of anything and everything.
    I always loved and admired Africa for the diverse and gorgeous life. But not not going on any safaris as things stand now.
    In south africa a company is exporting rhinos to china, see attached link.
    http://www.rhinoconservation.org/2012/06/19/south-africa-one-company-stands-out-in-exporting-rhinos-to-china/

    How unfortunate and sad

  84. Michael
    Nairobi
    June 24, 2012, 6:22 am

    2 weeks ago, lions mauled 2 women in Kenya yet there was no outcry. But when lions are killed after invading farms, there is outcry especially from European and American foreigners and the pro-western media. How hypocritical!

  85. Tn
    US
    June 23, 2012, 5:40 am

    It’s simply absurd that the KWS and the programs in place haven’t figured it out yet.
    What is everyone waiting for , 5 lions left and try to bring them back. Shame on everyone for letting the lions down like this. It’s shameful. Will humans have nothing sacred left because of corruption and pettiness. Will this just be a planet of the very rich and no beauty because everything will be gutted by everyone that wants a piece of something for themselves.
    What happened to giving and caring, is that extinct too??
    The government can easily find a solution for compensation of lost live stock, it’s disgusting that it hasn’t been figured out yet.
    Animals need to migrate for food , water and for mating, fencing them in is not a good solution at all. Working with the villagers to protect these beautiful gifts from god is the best way.
    This should have been done a long time ago.
    Look at south africa that has a company exporting Rhinos to china. How is it that the gov doesn’t know about that?
    Enjoy your treasures and protect them before it becomes a sad empty world. Bless all..

  86. Sylvia
    United States
    June 22, 2012, 7:16 pm

    So, which ones are the animals in this picture? I’m utterly sickened.

  87. Lynn
    Georgia
    June 22, 2012, 5:38 pm

    I agree with Dee 100% who wrote:

    Dee
    United States
    4:45 pm

    This is very sad. The lions are wild animals and know no boundaries. The government needs to set up a program to compensate the villages when this happens. That way they don’t resort to this violence. Set aside a portion of the money they receive for tourism to these places. The small replacement cost of domestic animals needs to out weight the cost of losing a species.

    ” Wanted to add that the video’s (3 of 3) particularly looked like these animals had missed a few meals. Perhaps they drifted out of their area because they are starving and had no other choice themselves but to hunt the live stock or die. Seems the Kenyan government has much they need to do to protect their wildlife.

  88. melanie enniss
    June 22, 2012, 5:03 pm

    This makes me so sad, these beautiful animals are in danger of becoming extinct. These are wild animals and need to eat they can’t differentiate between livestock and dinner!!! They did not deserve to die, those that carried out these killings whether in the belief they were protecting there livestock need to be punished, Lions are precious precious creatures we need to do somewthing to stop this, to stop poaching to stop the killings all together.

  89. Dee
    United States
    June 22, 2012, 4:45 pm

    This is very sad. The lions are wild animals and know no boundaries. The government needs to set up a program to compensate the villages when this happens. That way they don’t resort to this violence. Set aside a portion of the money they receive for tourism to these places. The small replacement cost of domestic animals needs to out weight the cost of losing a species.

  90. DEON
    south africa
    June 22, 2012, 3:58 pm

    the idiots that did that must be brought to book.no stone must be left unturned to insure that those thugs are brought to justice.nothing can justify the killing of those lions.they better pray i dont come over there and hunt these morons down like they hunted those lions.

  91. James
    June 22, 2012, 3:07 pm

    I despise these people. Frankly, if they feel that shooting the lions is what they need to do to save their cattle, then shooting them should be a wholly justified response to save the lions. Maybe a pile of stacked bodies would make them think twice before doing this again.

  92. Korinna Domingo
    LOS ANGELES, California
    June 22, 2012, 1:49 pm

    This is very sad. We need to educate the people that surround these areas. There needs to be penalties.

  93. Lelethu
    Cape Town
    June 22, 2012, 1:42 pm

    The national reserve should have did something to keep the lions so that do they do not escape.

  94. Kathy
    Grand Rapids MI
    June 22, 2012, 1:41 pm

    I cannot believe 6 more lions have been killed! Is their goal extinction? This makes me sick, and they killed cubs too!

  95. Raych
    June 22, 2012, 10:39 am

    The KWS is failing and letting Kenyans down. It is a fact that there is increasing conflict between animals and humans especially in Kitengela. They (KWS) are solely responsible for these killings. They should make sure that Lions – part of the big 5 – are safe and protected ESPECIALLY from Human beings. Losing 6 Lions is such a tragedy!
    In as much as the conflict between the two is on the rise, KWS, having taken up the task to protect the animals should ensure they do so. Fence the park, educate the surrounding community on the importance of the wildlife, work with the Local police to protect both the humans and wildlife – I mean the list is endless!
    This, is such a loss, I am saddened by it.

  96. Mark Gerling
    Frankfurt
    June 22, 2012, 10:13 am

    I just left Kenya this morning after guiding 12 clients from the USA on a incredible safari. We saw several lions throughout our safari which is always the highlight for our clients. Seeing this is just terrible and sad news in many ways. I understand the local community perspective even though I condone the killings. It is also the KWS responsibility as well as the Kenyan Government to step up to the plate and start using some of the park fee revenues to preserve this endangered animal. If Kenya Officials think the tourist will keep coming once they allow the lions to be killed off they are crazy. The critical point for united fronts is here and if they cannot pull together and let down the tribal walls that block the unity of such a unique country shame on them. May God have mercy on their souls and May God protect these animals.

  97. Horrified
    UK
    June 22, 2012, 9:12 am

    Who is responsible for this horrendous activities? It is believed that the protection of wild life in Nairobi National parks falls under KWS.!

  98. EDWIN ODINGA
    kigali.
    June 22, 2012, 6:55 am

    As a Kenyan and a Hotelier, I am so ashamed by this act and deeply saddened by the ignorance and mediocrity of the peoplewho carried out this this foolish act.In this time and era this is uncalled for.

  99. Kafi
    Milan
    June 22, 2012, 5:19 am

    Being a Kenyan who appreciates the gift that we have, the government should sort out the people who participated in this horrific act and bring charges against them. Why didnt this people calll on the services of the KWS who would have relocated the lions without killing them? Plus, the people in Kitengela invaded the land of the wild animals( The Kitengela migration Corridor)and not vice versa