Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Furore at death of Lions made famous on television in Mara

08 December 2015, 19:32

Nairobi - Eight members of a pride of lions that featured in a popular wildlife documentary series have been poisoned in Kenya's Masai Mara reserve.

Two lions from the Marsh Pride -- stars of the BBC's long-running Big Cat Diary series -- died after eating a poisoned cow carcass on Saturday night.

One more is missing and at least five are being treated by vets, a conservation group and a BBC wildlife crew at the scene said.

"I am sick to the heart to hear of the poisoning of the Marsh Pride lions, and horrified to think of the pain they suffered as they died," said Saba Douglas-Hamilton, a Kenyan conservationist and television presenter who worked on Big Cat Diary.

Jonathan Scott, a zoologist and one of the show's original presenters who has been following the Marsh Pride for nearly 40 years, lamented the poisoning as the "end of an era".

Among the dead lions was 17-year old female Bibi, who had become something of a celebrity during the TV series' long and hugely popular run from 1996-2008.

The BBC crew said Bibi was found "lying on her side, foaming at the mouth, fitting and panting" before she died.

Conservationists first noticed something was wrong on Sunday morning when some of the lions, "were acting strangely collapsing and suffering from spasms," according to a statement from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which funds a mobile veterinary unit in the reserve.

Local cattle-herders who frequently bring their animals into the Masai Mara National Reserve to graze are suspected of the poisoning.

"Tens of thousands of cattle encroach into the reserve every night when visitors are safely out of sight," said Scott.

The grazing cattle are hunted by lions, bringing the herders into conflict with the cats.

"There is nothing shocking anymore as to what is happening in the Masai Mara," he added, blaming years of "appalling management" by local authorities.

In a statement Paula Kahumbu, chief executive of conservation group Wildlife Direct, condemned the poisoners as, "stupid, sick, cruel, and short-sighted people."

Three men were due to be charged with poisoning the lions, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service, and could face a maximum 20 million shilling ($196,000) fine or life imprisonment if found guilty.

"May they rot in jail," Kahumbu said.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!


Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Cyril Mike Odhiz
Kenyans furious on young lady aft...

A young Kenyan woman is the talk of town after she posted a photo with her elderly lover after a round of steamy sex, or so the photo suggested.  Read more...

Submitted by
Kiplangat langat
Uhuru could be a one term Presid...

Bomet governor Isaac Ruto has said that President Uhuru Kenyatta could be a one term President if he fails to increase allocations to the counties. Read more...

Submitted by
Mody Sammy
35 year old farmer a new milliona...

A 35 year old farmer from Mpeketoni Lamu county has become the latest millionaire in town as she became winner in the ongoing ‘Shinda Mamili na Story Ibambe’. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Leave your past relationship bagg...

Leave your past relationship baggage at the door when you start a new relationship. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Advice from a young married Kenya...

I was just going to get water in the office kitchen and thought a simple hi was fine until I ended up in an hour long conversation with someone. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Helping you find the type of man ...

To put it simply, you can’t go looking for fish in a meat market; you have to go to a fish market. Read more...