Thursday, September 13, 2012
Suburban Lions Present a Conundrum
Biology Spencer Cox
Current Events 9/10/12
The article I chose to read was about how a lion and two of her cubs escaped into the suburbs of Kenya for four months where they survived and remained remarkably fit. When the Kenyan wild life rangers finally were contacted by one of the residents about one of the lions and how it and its cubs had been found in his backyard by his dog, they quickly came to deal with the situation. Very little is known about how lions act in suburban environments because usually once they have either wandered into a residential area or escaped there from their protected reserve they usually are killed quickly by vehicles. However this time around a great deal of information was gathered on how these animals act in suburban environments due to the way that the animals weight had increased and what it had been eating showed how it had survived in the suburbs. The article then goes on to talk about how lions are an important part of the wildlife in Africa as they bring in large amounts of money from safari tours and tourists. Many scientists and people were amazed that the lion was able to survive in an urban environment for such a long period of time and the fact that the lion also remained in good health.
The information from this article affects my life particularly because I would have never thought a lion would be able to survive in possibly one of the most dangerous places for and not only survive but thrive for a period of four months before it was finally noticed. Personally if a lion was walking around my neighborhood I would notice pretty fast and I'm sure everyone else would to. I have always been interested in lions ever since I first saw them at the zoo when I was little. I always wondered how they would live it they had to be around humans constantly except they weren't in a closed environment like they are in a zoo. I never thought that a lion would go to such a dangerous area once it had escaped its already secured habitat. I would expect it to instead go back into the wild rather than go into an area that would have even more people in it following them and trying to catch them.
I felt that the article could have done a better job of explaining where the lions were originally from and what they did while they were in the suburbs and what they ate while they were there and if they ever made contact with people before they were caught. Although the article did miss these key and important points I still found it to be an amazing in the knowledge and depth that it went into when talking about how the animals managed to survive in this urban environment while others had been unable to before them.