Rangers hunt for up to six escaped lions in Kenya capital

Wildlife rangers in Nairobi hunting for up to six lions who escaped from nearby national park

Wildlife rangers in Nairobi on Friday hunted for up to six lions who escaped from Nairobi’s national park and meandered into “highly populated” areas of the Kenyan capital.

Armed rangers, as well as Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) vets with dart guns, scoured bush and agricultural land alongside the Kibera district, one of Africa’s largest slums.

At least two lionesses are reported to have late Thursday left the park, spread over 117 square kilometres (45 square miles) where buffalo and rhino roam just seven kilometres from the bustling high-rise city centre.

Local media reported as many as six lions might be on the loose.