Conservation group transfers Lions from South Africa to Rwanda

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Rwanda lost her Lions to poisoning decades ago

 

Many African countries pride themselves for their beautiful nature and wildlife that gives the African continent its place on the global map of  breathtaking beauty.

Lions, Elephants, Cheetahs,Hippos, Rhinos and Giraffes just to name but a few are the reason that many foreigners always spend holidays on the continent.

But for the case of Rwanda, one final thing that remains to top up the countries beauty is a pack of Lions. The country lost its population decades ago due to poisoning.

South African conservationists have been kind enough to give Rwanda some Lions. They have transferred seven Lions to the country which are being reintroduced to Rwanda for the first time since the endangered beasts were killed off following the country’s tragic episode of genocide in 1994. The Lions, two males and five females, were selected for their potential to reproduce and will be held in quarantine at Rwandan’s 27,680-acre Akagera National Park before being released, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

“The return of lions to Akagera is a conservation milestone for the park and the country,” said Peter Fearnhead, chief executive officer of African Parks, in a statement.

Akagera National Park said the lions will be split and placed in separate enclosures when they first arrive, according to its statement. A water reserve has been constructed within the enclosures and the lions will be fed every three to four days in an attempt to duplicate their natural feeding patterns.

The lions, which are coming from game reserves in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, will be fitted with satellite tracking collars where park officials will be able to follow their movements, according to the Friends of Akagera National Park website.

“The collars have a two-year life, by which time the park team will have evaluated the pride dynamics and only the dominant individuals in each pride will be re-collared,” the park added, noted AFP.

Lions are on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s “Red List” for threatened species, according to AFP. The lion population has decreased rapidly in eastern Africa, where the population once flourished, according to the organization, per AFP.

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