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South Africa Lions in Rwanda for First Time Since 1994 Genocide

By    |   Monday, 29 Jun 2015 10:57 AM

Seven South Africa lions are being reintroduced to Rwanda for the first time since the endangered beasts were killed off following the country's tragic episode of genocide in 1994.

The lions, two males and five females, were selected for their potential to reproduce and will be held in quarantine at Rwandan's 27,680-acre Akagera National Park before being released, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

"The return of lions to Akagera is a conservation milestone for the park and the country," said Peter Fearnhead, chief executive officer of African Parks, in a statement.

Akagera National Park said the lions will be split and placed in separate enclosures when they first arrive, according to its statement. A water reserve has been constructed within the enclosures and the lions will be fed every three to four days in an attempt to duplicate their natural feeding patterns.

The lions, which are coming from game reserves in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, will be fitted with satellite tracking collars where park officials will be able to follow their movements, according to the Friends of Akagera National Park website.

"The collars have a two-year life, by which time the park team will have evaluated the pride dynamics and only the dominant individuals in each pride will be re-collared," the park added, noted AFP.

Lions are on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's "Red List" for threatened species, according to AFP. The lion population has decreased rapidly in eastern Africa, where the population once flourished, according to the organization, per AFP.

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