That’s why the news out of Uganda is troubling: A suspected poison attack has killed 11 lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The deaths are a major blow to not just the country’s economy but also its lion preservation efforts.
The carcasses of 8 cubs and three lionesses, all from the same pride, were found scattered in the fishing village of Hamukungu, in southwest Uganda, last week, according to Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities.
“We condemn in the strongest terms possible such an act of deliberately killing animals,” Ephraim Kamuntu, Uganda’s tourism and wildlife minister, said.
Nature tourism contributes $1.4 billion to Uganda’s economy, according to the ministry.