Loirish the Lion Killed by Gunshot

Sep 7, 2013 | Categories: Lions | 15 Comments

Warning: Graphic Photos Below

On Friday the 5th, a male lion was killed by gunshot within our study area in Samburu county. This marks the first time a lion in our study area has been killed by people since 2010. The lion was an 8-year-old male named Loirish, which we had been monitoring since 2008. It appears that a group of warriors happened to come across Loirish as he rested with his brother, and they shot him. Tracks indicate the brother, Lguret, is alive and unharmed. The Ewaso Lions team is still investigating the reasons for the unprovoked killing. We have experienced human-wildlife conflict in this area before, following incidents when lions attacked people’s livestock. In this situation, there seems to have been no livestock killed. An additional misfortune is that Loirish was one of our GPS collared lions that was providing important location data which we could use to help warn herders. The collar was found along with the lion’s severed head and remains in the remnants of a fire. Without the location data recorded by the collar we may never have learned of Loirish’s fate. We are extremely saddened by the loss of Loirish, a lion we came to know well over the past five years, especially as he is only one of 40 resident lions within the Samburu region of our study area. We are still actively working with the community and local officials to determine what course of action will take place. By working with the community to understand this event, and the motivations behind it, Ewaso Lions can help to ensure that losses like this are minimized. We will provide updates as soon as we are able.

The severed head of Loirish was burned by whomever shot him.

The lion’s paws were cut off and taken.

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» Finn said: { Sep 7, 2013 - 08:09:46 }

Find them and put them in jail with a hungry lion.
No Mercy.

» Margaret Lamont said: { Sep 8, 2013 - 02:09:54 }

I always believed that the Samburu and the Maasai were now trying to conserve the lion population. I hope this is just a rogue “warrior” and that this does not happen again. Samburu is my favourite place, please do not spoil it for me and many others.

» DEBORAH AND SKIP ELLIOTT said: { Sep 8, 2013 - 05:09:23 }

Pictures made us ill. To kill and then mutilate is beyond belief. Will there ever be any permanent progress as regards to African wildlife by the African people ???? Or is it just the foreigners who really care ?? We were beginning to think that with the monumental efforts of people like Shivani with the help of Jeneria there was hope.

So sad.

» Stacey G said: { Sep 9, 2013 - 05:09:26 }

This is very sad news. So sorry to hear, Shiv. May this only be a ‘one-off’ extremely rare incident. The perpetrators do not understand that not only do the lions lose, but they and their descendants will as well in the long run.

» Anna Parkinson said: { Sep 9, 2013 - 08:09:51 }

this is very sad news. may they find the culprit …and yes put him in a cage with a hungry lion he won’t win!

» Robin Y. said: { Sep 9, 2013 - 03:09:25 }

How terribly sad!!! I just returned home from Kenya with such a beautiful experience to share with others about its land, it’s culture & it’s people. I am heartbroken to learn that possibly one of the lions I was blessed to see in Samburu will be killed as well!!!! These senseless killings have to be stopped. And especially when there is so much cruelty in the kill!!!

» Francis Lenyakopiro said: { Sep 9, 2013 - 07:09:00 }

Being a native and one of the Conservationists, I’m very dissappointed and sad to lose this beautiful male Lion. We will all make sure such ruthless killing will stop immediately by all means. The merciless killers should be found and be examples to anyone who tries to disrespect this beautiful Nature. Shiv, be strong and the best solution can be found. This is a big hit…

» Keri said: { Sep 9, 2013 - 11:09:07 }

Sending love and strength to all of you.

» sauwah said: { Sep 11, 2013 - 09:09:27 }

from your article, the so called warriors were known , right ? but again, these men never talk. unlike the real warriors, these men who murdered this great male lion apparently did it for some stupid monetary gain for themselves.

and using guns? what kind of warriors were they ?

» Sauwah said: { Sep 13, 2013 - 12:09:07 }

So I also heard poaching is also causing lives of the few lions Kenya has like slightly over 1900 of them minus one! Lions in Kenya and thru out Africa will extinct long before the elephants which has always gathered hell lot more attention and compassion from the world and the wildlife community. Do not over look the fact that the parts of lions now are replacing the parts of tigers in Asia.

» Pascal said: { Sep 16, 2013 - 09:09:18 }

To all Ewaso Lions team : I have no word to explain what I feel, especially because I met Loirish when I was spending one week with Jeneria in July 2011. Like all of you, I am waiting for some more informations about the reasons which push those guys to kill this wonderful lion male.
The problem is now to know what to do for this kind incident not to be repeated again. The authorities must make their judgment an example that it does not happen more. As you wrote Sauwah, maybe the reason is poaching to sell parts of lions to asians. But let’s wait and see.
I don’t know how Lguret is now behaving since he lost his brother. Hope all will be ok for him.
I know Shivani, Paul, Jeneria and other members of Ewaso Lions will do everything to understand and to make sure this kill will be the last in Samburu area.

» Thaís Machado said: { Oct 8, 2013 - 11:10:24 }

another lioness dead! who cares?

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