Missing lions found, taken back to park

Saturday February 20 2016

Motorists on Lang’ata Road had spotted a group of lions in the wee hours of February 19, 2016 morning and alerted KWS. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Motorists on Lang’ata Road had spotted a group of lions in the wee hours of February 19, 2016 morning and alerted KWS. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

A lioness and a cub that had sneaked out of the Nairobi National Park were on Friday recaptured near Kibera and taken back to the facility.

Two other lions, according to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), are suspected to have sneaked back to the park before dawn.

“All is well, the lioness and cub are safely back into the park. Two others suspected to have sneaked back before dawn,” said Mr Paul Gatitu, Head of KWS Corporate Communications Department.

Motorists on Lang’ata Road had spotted a group of lions in the wee hours of Friday morning and alerted KWS.

“A man who was driving to the airport saw the lionesses near the main road at the diversion to Lang’ata Hospital and called us at 2.30am.

Another motorist called a few minutes later as he made a U-turn to the KWS offices on the same road,” he said.

The KWS head office mobilised its human-wildlife conflict management unit in a bid to recapture the animals but by 5am, the pride had not been traced.

Mr Gatitu said the animals might have made it out of the park through culverts.

Residents of estates neighbouring the park expressed fear that the animals could harm them or their children.

KWS officials moved from Johnathan Ngeno Estate to Kibera to Civil Servants Estate in vehicles as a helicopter hovered above.

“We have received several calls, some alarmist. This has complicated the search because we shift from one area to another in vain,” Mr Gatitu said.