Wildlife officials in Nyachoka and Bukore, Serengeti have in the past week terrorized neighbouring villages and their livestock.
The capture of the 19 lions now brings the total number to 33 after 14 others were captured last week around the same area. The Serengeti District Commissioner Nurdin Babu told journalists that the last capture there were no more stray lions left in the area.
“Since November 2019, the lions have been giving residents a hard time as they ate their livestock and threatened their lives. This is the first time that lions have left the Serengeti,” he said.
The residents whose livestock have been ambushed and ate by the lions will be compensated after the evaluation in the villages of Robanda, Nyanungu, Kwitete, Miseke, Bukore, Park Nyigoti and Rwamchanga.
However, the 14 lions that were captured last week were taken to the newly formed Burigi National Park in Chato. Tanzania leads with the highest lion population in Africa, with estimated 14,000 cubs as the game reserves extend to 300,000 square kilometres.