Uganda Wildlife Authority announced the heartbreaking news over the weekend that six lions were found dead and dismembered on Friday evening in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The area is known for a group of lions that like to climb trees. 

According to a statement by the UWA, dead vultures were also found near the deceased lions’ carcasses, which suggests that the animals were most-likely poisoned by unknown people.

Sadly, this is not the first time that lions have been killed in Queen Elizabeth National Park. In April 2018, 11 lions were found dead after a suspected poisoning. A similar situation also happened in May 2010 resulting in the death of five lions.

A team of investigators is currently on the ground collaborating with police in Kanungu district. Given that some of the lions’ body parts are missing, authorities believe the killings to be connected to the illegal wildlife trade.

UWA strongly condemns the illegal killing of wildlife, it not only negatively impacts tourism in the country, but also revenue generation which supports conservation and community work in protected areas.

Tourism has been a high foreign exchange earner for the country contributing almost 10% of GDP and 23% of total foreign exports. Nature tourism has been contributing USD $1.6 billion to the economy and also contributes to the well-being of communities surrounding the protected areas for wildlife.

As previously reported by WAN, sadly, there are only an estimated 20,000 lions remaining in the wild in Africa.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority stated that they will continue to strengthen the protection of lions and other species of wildlife throughout the country.

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