The Kenya Wildlife Service will collar six lions within the Nairobi National Park.
Paul Gathitu KWS spokesperson said the drive, led by KWS director General, Kitili Mbathi will help in the management of the big cats. “We have liaised with other conservation partners and five lions have been fitted with satellite radio collars to monitor their movement and location,” he said.
The Nairobi National park is the only national park in the world with a cityscape as its backdrop and plays host to a wide variety of wildlife including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse birdlife with over 400 species recorded.
The park is now faced with challenges after the Standard Gauge Railway was allowed to cut through it.
KWS has been struggling to conserve wildlife, but efforts are hampered by lack of funds.
At least six lions escaped from the Nairobi National Park in February last year, a situation KWS attributed to human encroachment. Due to continued invasion of the park, wildlife find it almost impossible to freely move, often straying into residential areas.
In March last year, the park’s star lion, Mohawk, was killed by the KWS, drawing major criticisms from Kenyan and other conservationists. Mohawk was shot dead after he strayed out of the park into Isinya town, Kajiado County.
A few days after Mohawk’s death, another lion strayed outside the park and was speared to death.