Namibia is home to a unique population of lions specially adapted for life in the desert. Their thick coats protect them from extreme temperatures and they can survive almost entirely without drinking water. And yet, for all the hardships of desert life, the biggest danger to these iconic animals is the local human population.
Last week, three lions were poisoned and killed by local farmers, and now police, along with the Namibian Environment and Tourism Ministry, are looking for the culprits. Not only is killing these protected lions illegal, but poisoning wildlife is also incredibly harmful to local ecosystems. Last week, for example, over 100 endangered vultures were killed in Botswana after feeding on poisoned carcasses intended for lions.