After a 20-year hiatus, first lions to return to Rwanda


Kigali: It’s been a long time since lions roamed the wild in Rwanda – 20 years, in fact. But the latest news is the the mighty cats will be returning soon, with seven lions due to arrive from South Africa.

According to a report by the International Business Times, Rwanda’s lions – along with a fair percentage of Rwanda’s humans – were tragically wiped out during a genocide that began in 1994. Refugees of the fighting fled the cities for rural areas, and in some cases were forced to kill wild lions to survive. Thankfully the violence in Rwanda has long since ceased, and the time has now come to welcome back these big creatures to the country. The seven lions will be released into Akagera National Park, a two hour drive from the capital, Kigali. Researchers have carefully selected two males and five female lions in the hopes that they will be able to live safely and have many cubs in the future.