Akagera Park lion population triples, four years after reintroduction

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 23 July 2019 at 03:44

The Akagera National Park management has announced on 20th, July 2019, that the number of lions in its wild has tripled since the Kings of the jungle were reintroduced in 2015, wildlife enthusiasts visiting the park and associated revenues have, too, kept an ascending growth curve.

Information from African Parks, a firm managing the Akagera National park, indicates that the Park was visited by 44000 people, half of who are Rwandans, earning receipts of about $2 million for the first time in the history of the Park.

In June 2015, seven lions-consisting five females and two males-were translocated from South Africa into Akagera National Park, in the Eastern Province. These two male lions were added in the Akagera Park in 2017. Today, there are 21 lions in the park and still counting. Since the hunt of wild animals was made illegal, they have greatly increased.

The lions in Akagera faced extinction for 25 years
In 2010, African Parks’ experts were contracted by RDB to manage Akagera National Park.

In order to encourage Rwandan people to be involved in tourism, every year a team of 1800 students visits the park together with their teachers.

Today this park is among the most renowned in Africa because, habitat to the Big 5; rhinos, lions, buffalos, elephants, and Leopards.

The Akagera National Park management has announced that the number of lions in its wild has tripled
Two male lions were added in the Akagera Park in 2017.
Since the hunt of wild animals was made illegal, they have greatly increased.
Every year a team of 1800 students visits the park together with their teachers.

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