Location: Olpejeta conservancy
Just yesterday, an iconic Kenyan lion was gunned down in Nairobi by the same people entrusted to protect it. Later, it emerged that the lion was Nairobi national parks beloved Mohawk. The #justiceformowhawk has been trending since then. The general feel of Kenyans is that KWS should have handled the situation better and of course there have been conspiracy theories here and there about private developers releasing lions so they can grab the park. That remains to be seen. I never met mowhawk because I have never gone for a game drive in Nairobi national park but I met Morani when I was younger. He was as stated in his grave stone A RHINO LIKE NO OTHER.
I also met Simotua the little brave elephant whose face had been hacked by humans and legs almost cut off by a poachers snare at the David Sheldricks wildlife trust. He died a couple of days ago but he fought a really good fight. Mowhawk, Simotua, Morani and all names on the gravestones below represent what we have lost along the way. Whatever the circumstances behind these deaths, the wild is in crisis. We must therefore not lose focus of the bigger picture which is saving our wildlife especially the endangered species. This is Kenyan pride. In fact when one mentions magical Kenya, the Kenyan wildlife comes to mind.
Let us learn from these losses so that we do not repeat the same mistakes again.
And for my two cents…
Dear Nairobians, please keep your distance from these stray lions. Don’t compell KWS to kill the lion because at the end of the day human life is more important.
Dear parents who take your children to Karura forest, teach your children not to throw sticks at monkeys and as the rule states DO NOT FEED THEM!!! When they grow up they will be the same people going to surround a lion instead of running in the opposite direction.
Remember just because a lion is sleeping doesn’t mean it is no longer a lion and as I always say everything is connected to everything else and we all have to coexist peacefully.
Checkout causeanuproar.org to see the current state of lions and the big cats on planet earth. There are more statues of lions than living lions….
Enjoy the photos from the rhino memorial site at Olpejeta and as always