22 Jun

Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, Interviewed for AFP Article – ‘Lions on the Loose in Kenyan Capital’s Urgan Jungle’


The AFP article, "Lions on the loose in Kenyan capital's urban jungle" reports on recent human-lion conflicts that have arisen in and around the city of Nairobi due to lions wandering into suburbs situated near protected wildlife reserves, including Nairobi National Park. Panthera’s President and lion expert, Dr. Luke Hunter, was interviewed for this article to explain the root of these conflicts, including an ever-increasing human population, encroachment into lion habitat, and poor livestock husbandry practices. In one case reported on in the article, a lioness travelling with her cubs entered Nairobi’s Karen suburb and charged wildlife rangers, who, without access to darts, were forced to shoot the lioness. One of her cubs is shown in this picture.

Click here to read the full article and read an excerpt below.

Learn about Panthera’s work through Project Leonardo and the Lion Guardians program to mitigate human-lion conflicts.

Read an International Business Times article, ‘Lions Disappearing from Kenya as Conflicts with Humans Increase,’ featuring quotes from Dr. Hunter on another recent case of human-lion conflict near Nairobi.

An excerpt from AFP’s ‘Lions on the loose in Kenyan capital's urban jungle’:

"Nairobi National Park is a microcosm of what is happening elsewhere," said Luke Hunter, president of the wild cat conservation group Panthera, noting that lions have lost over 80 percent of their historic lands across Africa…"In protected areas lions do well... but outside they are getting hammered."…Lion attacks on livestock are reported, but there have been no recent attacks on humans in Nairobi, experts say, but contact will grow as the city expands. "Lions respect and fear people and try to get out of the way," added Hunter. "But with development in areas important to lions, people and lions will mix more and more... and an individual lion can be incredibly dangerous. In that mix, inevitably it is the lion that loses out."