Six lions have been found dead and dismembered after suspected poisoning in one of Uganda’s most famous parks.
The big cats were found in Queen Elizabeth National Park with their heads and paws hacked off, and their bodies surrounded by dead vultures, officials said.
According to the officials, the dead birds suggest the lions may have been poisoned and stated that illegal wildlife trafficking could not be ruled out.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) condemned the incident as it sought to reassure the public that the park and its wildlife were both still safe.
“The carcasses of the lions were found last evening at Ishasha sector with most of their body parts missing. Eight dead vultures were also found at the scene which points to possible poisoning of the lions by unknown people,” officials reported.
“Given that some of the body parts of the lions are missing, we cannot rule out illegal wildlife trafficking. UWA strongly condemns the illegal killing of wildlife because it does not only impact negatively on our tourism as a country, but also revenue generation which supports conservation and community work in our protected areas,” the UWA continued.