Six lions have been killed in a national park in southern Kenya, a blow to conservation efforts and the tourism industry, which is a key pillar of the nation's economy.
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the lions were killed after a pack attacked goats and a dog near villages near Amboseli National Park, reflecting the difficult coexistence. between the protectionist efforts of the authorities and the locals who feel harmed by the presence of these species so precious for safaris.
"Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident, as four other lions have died in the past week," KWS said in a statement on Saturday.
KWS said its officials met with the local community to try to find a solution to recurring conflicts between the animals and community members, but did not say what had been agreed.
Residents of Kenyan game reserves often complain that lions and other carnivores kill livestock and domestic animals while humans and wildlife compete for space and resources.
The 39,206-hectare Amboseli National Park is home to some of the most treasured animals to see on photo safaris, including elephants, cheetahs, buffaloes and giraffes.