RIP MOHAWK

By Will Knocker:

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Mohawk as a young lion…2009…

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Portrait of a lion: there are quite a few adult male lions in NNP: they compete,even though they are brothers…

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Lion life,especially perhaps for males, tends to be nasty,brutish & short in the wild…

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The original adult male after the killings of lions in 2005 brought the numbers down to just 5…father of all lions in the Park now: Ujonjo in the Silole Sanctuary 2010

http://nairobinationalpark.wildlifedirect.org/2010/12/01/ujonjo-alive-pissing/

 

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In the prime of Life, with his distinctive mane…

http://nairobinationalpark.wildlifedirect.org/2012/09/15/magnificent-male-lions-of-nnp/

 

 

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Mohawk in his natural habitat: the sad Reality is that lions which leave the safety of NNP will be lost in the surrounding city & killed…He was chased out by his (dominant) brothers & went to find happier hunting grounds…

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The Spirit of Mohawk lives on…there are less than 2000 lions in Kenya & about 20,000 ONLY in the whole of Africa:

Our lions are very precious…

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Lions should be wild & free, because that is what they symbolise for us humans; the King of Beasts…

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There is a MAJOR problem with lion genetics in NNP: all the lions are related & male lions, unlike in a wild, natural setting, are unable to get in & out of the Park, so KWS should bring in males from the outside: Nakuru NP would be an ideal ‘swopping area’ as it is fenced, like NNP & the males can get neither in nor out…

Recent research sadly shows that the only places in Africa where lion numbers are stable or increasing is in fenced Protected Areas (Packer et al 2010) so intense genetic management is a must,alas….

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RIP Mohawk ….