Six lions have been discovered dead with their bodies cut into pieces in one of the most famous parks in Uganda. Other lions were also suspected to have been poisoned as well.
The bodies of the lions were discovered at Queen Elizabeth National Park with their heads and paws cut off. A gruesome unfortunate murder for some of the most majestic animals on our planet. Officials also mentioned how their bodies were discovered around vultures.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority released a statement saying that it “cannot rule out illegal wildlife trafficking”.
Officials have said that an investigation has been launched to find out the culprits of this senseless crime. Conservationists are also working side by side the authorities.
These beautiful majestic creatures were a type of lion that had a unique ability to climb trees.
UWA’s communications manager Bashir Hangi remarked that he was “saddened” to hear about the killings.
He also mentioned that many people from outside of the country come to visit these national parks to see these animals and that tourism generated 10% of Ugandas GDP. He also added that saving these animals would help keep the tourism flowing and that killing them would negatively affect the economy of Uganda.
In the official statement he remarked: “UWA strongly condemns the illegal killing of wildlife because it does not only impact negatively on our tourism as a country, but also revenue generation, which supports conservation and community work in our protected areas”.
There have been previous incidents when Uganda have faced this problem. For example, in 2018 many lions were dying because of poison. In 2018 around April, 11 lions – including 8 baby innocent cubs – were found dead after a suspected poisoning. Who is continuously trying to kill and mutilate these animals every year? The mystery continues.
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