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Namibia: Pride of Desert Lions Poisoned

Animals  (tags: tragedy, desert lions lioness poisoned, horrific suffering, cruelty, devastation, wildlife )

- 2476 days ago -
CONSERVATIONISTS and tourist operators were shocked yesterday after the news spread that an entire pride of desert lions were killed by poison in the Kunene Region last weekend.

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Simone D (1462)
Wednesday July 13, 2011, 4:41 am
The Desert lions suffered a big blow when the entire Hoaruseb Pride was poisoned on 10 July 2011. The three lionesses (Xpl-37 "Morada", Xpl-38 "Tawny" and Xpl-61 "Maya") died a few metres from each other in the Hoaruseb River. Samples were collected for analysis, but the poison appears to have been strychnine.Two black-backed jackals were also found dead at the scene. The radio collars were retrieved and the sculls of all three lionesses were collected. Their carcasses and those of the jackals were then burnt to prevent more animals dying from the poison. Wilderness Safaris are thanked for their help and support. This tragic event marks the end of the famous Hoaruseb lions. More detailed reports will follow. (Photos by E Verwey)


Maria S (95)
Wednesday July 13, 2011, 12:28 pm
Sadly noted. I'm speechless.

Carol Reins (99)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 9:42 am
What else can we humans do to decimate the populations of lions? Don't we realise once they are gone...THEY ARE GONE!? "Dear child. here's what lions looked 3 of "Other Earthlings We Killed Because Of Our Greed and Arrogance"

Past Member (0)
Friday July 15, 2011, 3:09 am
This is incomprehensible.

tracey p (81)
Friday July 15, 2011, 3:30 am
noted with deep sadness. I have no real words for the sorrow and anger I am feeling. Those photographs of the dead lions was so shocking and so heartbreaking. Who on earth can have committed this horror ?

Akin Adelakun (21)
Friday July 15, 2011, 4:05 am

KS Goh (0)
Friday July 15, 2011, 5:44 am
Thanks for the article.

Emily Drew (88)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 8:18 pm
Sadly noted thank you. :(
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