(Xinhua) -- Kenya on Monday
launched an exercise to make more than 30 lions wear
satellite tracking collars to reduce human-lion conflict
and beef up protection.
The Kenya Wildlife
Service (KWS) officials on Monday fitted one of the more
than 30 lions in the Nairobi National Park, located in
the Kenyan capital, with a satellite radio collar to
monitor its movement and location.
The exercise is being carried out by the KWS and the
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
KWS Director General Kitili Mbathi said the wildlife
agency had put in place short and long-term management
measures for lion conservation in the Nairobi National
"These range from fence maintenance to active
management of the lion population through satellite
monitoring amongst other methods," Mbathi said.
By early 2016, the lion population in the national
park stood at about 36.
Between 2014 and 2016, five lions were fitted with
satellite radio collars to monitor their movement
patterns and changes in ranging behaviour.
IFAW East Africa Head of Programmes Steve Njumbi said
the wildlife organization had so far donated six
satellite collars and 18 camera traps to the KWS.
"The equipment will help improve lion monitoring and
hence better inform management decision making," Njumbi
The lion collars collect information and transmit to
park management to guide problem animal control teams
whenever the big cats are heading to areas inhabited by
By rapidly deploying rangers to those areas,
conservationists anticipate that incidences of death,
injury as well as crop and property damage arising from
human-lion conflicts will be minimized.
Cases of such conflicts have risen sharply over the
Last year, several lions strayed out of the national
park, raising fears among residents in the capital city.
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