Authorities Aren't Sure Why Lions Are Escaping From A Kenyan Park - Newsy

Transcript: A man was hospitalized Friday after — for the fourth time in less than a month — a lion escaped from the nearby Nairobi National Park and wandered into downtown Nairobi. Officials aren't sure how the lions are escaping, but some conservation experts are blaming human encroachment for the big cats' recent trips outside the park. In 1946 when the park was founded, there were miles of wilderness between the park and most human settlements. Now, the city of Nairobi is right next to it. The park has an electrified fence where it meets the city, but elsewhere, it's open so animals can follow their traditional migration patterns — and in a lion's case, access natural hunting grounds. But as the city expands, those hunting grounds are shrinking, so lions have to look elsewhere. A farming community near the park told The New York Times they were afraid to go out at night after escaped lions killed 150 of their sheep. There are only about 40 lions in the park, and wildlife experts in Kenya say these types of escapes usually end without incident. Of the four recent escapes, this is the only one that lead to an injury. Sources: Videoblocks https://www.videoblocks.com/video/lion-in-dry-field/ Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/gizmo_bunny/8094532199/in/photolist-dkhApZ-aE2kuN-9nWrAq-s8g81J-8vLtkF-4nBiwn-dkhCtW-rWBXGh-4nFo1h-dt2KE3-4nFmAy-7sY2kp-8vLtqT-8vKfpr-dkhCnq-dkhAhB-dkhC6q-eX9rCi-mfsPvZ-mjHbjS-hUCmYz-9L9DNx-smwWju-dPuqB-h1LCBz-eiBXBG-9ctq7m-9dMdv7-mZnGXR-8w5bBQ-tczpjc-aL5soK-9ytgde-sV7MqR-rsQ5Yj-9cdmzo-hUCo7X-8vPvDb-coj7Ns-coj6qS-coj2Sf-omLbXh-rt2pmD-dXhAYn-coj1ph-eiwdfV-8vNh8d-8vPvpN-8vKf7i-dvtbxs BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35840888 Videoblocks https://www.videoblocks.com/video/lions-in-dry-grass/ Getty Images http://www.gettyimages.com/license/78827485 YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcibOW7ndxg National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYM6LqDJLiM Videoblocks https://www.videoblocks.com/video/small-pride-of-lions/ The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/19/world/africa/lion-nairobi-national-park-kenya.html Videoblocks https://www.videoblocks.com/video/ranthambhore-village-sheep-at-watering-hole-2/ The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/19/world/africa/lion-nairobi-national-park-kenya.html The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/02/19/nairobi-freaks-out-as-lions-escape-from-national-park/ ------------------------------------- Newsy is your source for concise, unbiased video news and analysis covering the top stories from around the world. With persistent curiosity and no agenda, we strive to fuel meaningful conversations by highlighting multiple sides of every story. Newsy delivers the news and perspective you need without the hype and bias common to many news sources. See more at http://www.newsy.com/ Like Newsy on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/newsyvideos/

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shash amani: Down town Nairobi? If they went down town they would become nyama choma! This is the outskirts. I live in Kenya since long, always enjoyed safaris even in Nairobi national park but the place has become a drunken territory for university students and others like. All the loud music and drunk people in their cars are surely the problem to all this! There is plenty of game for the lions to hunt and not that many lions in the park. There is no more space to expand the park. Only solution, move them to bigger parks and make Nairobi National park a bush walking park with no big cats like Hells gate national park. Money is God in Africa, guess each time they will just shove the lions back for the profit. Create awareness, these animals will not be around forever!!!

Cortster: "Escaping" Nice choice of words.

Homophilically Meek: They clearly need to expand the barrier if they are going to keep a reserve.

Chris Conway: 150? You would think that after maybe 3 or 4 they would start to see a pattern and feel a little unsafe. lol

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