In the heart of Kenya’s northern rainforests, the road between two large villages is the only way into the forest, which is also home to hundreds of elephants, giraffes and other wildlife.
But despite the forest’s reputation for wildlife, it’s also home.
In the wild, elephants, lions and other animals hunt for food in the same forest.
But the forest is home to a variety of different animals, including hyenas, rhinos, goats and deer.
Some of the animals are protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), while others are hunted illegally, and in some cases, hunted to extinction.
Igor Buka, a professor of wildlife ecology at Kenya’s King’s College, has been studying the behaviour of the lions in the area for years.
“The lions are highly social animals, they don’t want to go anywhere except where they belong,” he said.
“They have to stay at the top of the tree.
So we often find them on the ground at night, on the sides of hills, under rocks.”
In this photo, a lion is seen in the rainforest in northern Kenya.
Photo: Peter BantnerThe lion is the most threatened animal in the world, and one of the largest in Africa, with more than 10,000 left in the wild.
But there are some animals that are more vulnerable than others.
The number of elephants in Kenya has increased by more than 40 per cent in the last 20 years, and poaching has skyrocketed.
Over the last decade, more than 1,000 elephants were killed in Kenya, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said in 2013.
The lion population in the country has declined by 70 per cent.
It’s also estimated that lions are killed for their tusks, a valuable delicacy for the people of northern Kenya, who are also known as the ‘meat hunters’.
“People have a habit of killing animals to get something to eat, but this is something that is completely different,” Mr Buka said.
He said that the lion’s meat, along with other meat such as meat from wild elephants, is eaten by people.
“The lion’s tail, the lion skin, the skin of other animals is sold in markets.
So you have to buy these from the bush, so that people can come and eat.”
It was Mr Burtano’s work with elephants that led him to the conclusion that lions were a natural target.
“I saw that a lot of lions, like a lot the lions, were not protected under any of the ESA laws, so I wanted to know if there were any lions that were protected under these ESA laws,” he explained.
Mr Burtino said that many of the other animals that were hunted to death in the forests of Kenya were also protected under ESA.
As a result, the elephants of Kenya became an integral part of the lion conservation efforts.
“If you look at the lion, they are really the most endangered animal in Kenya.
They’re not protected by any of these ESA legislation, so they’re also a very important part of lion conservation,” he continued.”
You have to work with the lion to help them to be a part of our conservation.”
Mr Buka also told BBC News that lions can be used to help reduce the numbers of rhinos.
Rhinos are the world’s most endangered mammal, with an estimated number of over 40,000 living in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
“This is the biggest conservation area in Africa and if you look in the map, if you count the number of rhino horns, the rhino horn is the second most valuable material in the earth,” he added.
“It’s a very significant material.
So I guess we’re trying to keep the rhinos in this area so that we can help the other rhinos.”
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