Kidepo Lions Regain Health From Strange Disease

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Alhough the results from the laboratory analyses are not out yet, it has emerged that the health of the lions in Kidepo Valley National Park has greatly improved after they were sprayed in August.

Uganda Wildlife Authority says the health of lions in Kidepo Valley National Park has greatly improved after they were sprayed in August.

Mid this year, reports had emerged that the lions had lost weight, looked emaciated and weak.

Charles Tuwmesigye, the Deputy Director in charge of conservation at Uganda Wildlife Authority says they suspect that the lions could have been starving because the number of preys had reduced.

He could also not to rule out the possibility that they had been infected with a strange infection. Tumwesigye says  samples from the lions were extracted for further investigations.

Though the results from the laboratory analyses are not out yet, it has emerged that the health of the lions has improved since then.

Veterinary officials who have been monitoring the situation on the ground say the lions have regained their health and are doing well.

Jossy Muhangi, the Public Relations Manager at Uganda Wildlife Authority says four cubs  lost their mother at birth but they are surviving after they were put on special diet.

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Kidepo Valley National Park has a total of 132 Lions, making it one of the parks with the most lions in the country. Uganda has about 400 lions left in the wild.