Leopard speared?

Yesterday we received a call saying that a leopard had been killed in Kimana, a neighbouring ranch to ours. We rushed to go and see what had happened. When we arrived we found that it was in fact a cheetah (the two are often confused).

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It had been speared and its paws removed. Our first thought was that the claws must have been taken to sell at the market, as it was the day before Kimana market day, and this was where we were offered lion teeth and claws a month ago.

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Game scouts removed the head, so that no one would remove the teeth to sell them too. It is very worrying that this trade of animal parts seems to be becoming more and more common here.

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5 comments on “Leopard speared?

  1. that is terrible! so what will be done so that no more big cats’ parts will be sold and no more of them will be killed for trade & personal gain? will you be able to find out who did it? any follow up and punishment for the individuals and the buyers? the elders of that ranch must know some thing or know someones who know who had done it.

  2. Just terrible to leave that beautiful animal to rot like that….for its paws! sickening

  3. AUTUMN on said:

    I AM 8. AND I AM PROTESTING!I LOVE ANAIMALS!PLEASE HELP!I AM BEGGING. I AM SAVEING UP ALL MY MONEY TO SAVE ANAMALS!THIS IS TEIRRBLE!

  4. Hashi Hanta on said:

    Autumn,

    How wonderful that you feel this way at such a young age. When I was a little girl, I loved animals, too. Please talk to all of your friends at school, and keep talking all through high school and college. The younger your friends are educated, the better the chance that they will love animals all of their lives. Maybe your teacher would let you give a little talk about what is happening to the animals in Africa.

    Thank you for being such a kind wonderful person!

  5. lionguardians on said:

    Yes, I agree with Hashi. Autumn – I am so glad you are interested in saving animals and I hope you will tell all your friends about lion conservation. What a great idea to give a talk to your class mates! You could even hold a fundraising event for the Lion Guardians at your school. If you send us some photos we will post a blog all about your event and how you have helped the lions.
    Thank you!

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