It has been such an incredible privilege to film lions in The Mara over the past six months. As film crews we rarely get to spend a concentrated period of time with one species and so to get to know one family, The Marsh Pride, has been a joy.
Yesterday we heard some devastating news from the crew in Kenya, they had found some of pride poisoned and critically ill.
Bibi, like any animal, deserved a natural death. Born in 2002 she had reached an extraordinary age for a wild lion and a true character. We have reports that other lions maybe dead and one of the youngest cubs, Alan* pictured here, is reported to be sick and it’s not known if he’ll recover.
*Tragically Alan was euthanised on Wednesday the 9th of December, the entire crew are devastated at the loss & destruction of this pride.
We can only hope that the Marsh Pride’s tragedy will enable a change in policy helping everyone in the area from Conservancies, herders and the wildlife to live and prosper alongside each other peacefully.