The 36 lions live on the edge of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and will be relocated to avoid contact with people and livestock.
According to AFP, the Tanzanian government will find a new home for 36 lions living on the edge of Serengeti National Park, after a series of human and cattle attacks in the area.
According to Simon Mduma, director-general of the East African country’s Wildlife Research Institute, ‘’11 out of the 36 lions have already been caught and will be moved to the Burigi Chato national park, located in the country’s north-west”.
Nine more lions will be rehoused at this national park. A venue is yet to be found for the remaining 16.
”Earlier, a lion used to be killed if it attacked any person. But since this is a huge group the same action cannot be taken,” he added.
It is necessary that action is taken for the sustenance of lions as they have become extremely vulnerable.
As per an estimate of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the global lion population has subsided 43 per cent in the last twenty years to around 20,000.
After an assessment of the land dispute, in September 2019, the Tanzanian government abolished the special status for 12 protected areas, and 7 protected areas of forests and wildlife, reallocate more than 700,000 hectares for settlement, farming and livestock purposes.
Tanzania has the largest lion population of any African nation, scattered across nine major protected areas of the country. It is estimated that the number of lions in this country is about 14 to 17 thousand individuals, equivalent to 40% of the lion population in Africa.
However, the clash between lions is becoming more and more when the habitat of this species is narrowed down from human activities.