A lion killed a man in Nairobi Monday after escaping from the National Park south of the Kenyan capital, wildlife authorities said, warning that the animal was still at large in the city.
The Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS), which manages the park, has started research to locate and lull the lion to sleep after he shredded a man.
The KWS « calls on the public to stay calm and not venture out at night until the lion is captured, » in a statement to the press.
The incident occurred outside the park on its southern outskirts, the KWS said. The park is surrounded by electric fences but not completely, which allows the traditional migration of animals in search of pasture.
Threatened species such as lions, leopards, rhinos and buffaloes live in the park, against the backdrop of skyscrapers.
The park is only seven kilometers from the center of Nairobi and it is not the first time that animals roam in this city of more than four million inhabitants.
In March 2016, a lion was shot after slipping out of the park and attacking and injuring a man.
In February 2016, two lions wandered for a day in Kibera, a densely populated slum, before returning to the park.
A few days later, more lions had been spotted in the city.
Big cats are under increasing pressure, Nairobi, one of Africa’s fastest growing cities, extending into former migration and hunting areas.
Nature advocates argue that lions lived in this area before the inhabitants and therefore do not « escape » from the park and do not « wander » into the city: it is men who invade the lions’ habitat.