In Kenya, Africa's oldest wild lion, aged 19, was killed.

According to Kenyan authorities, a wild male lion believed to be the oldest in Africa and one of the oldest in the world died after being speared by herders.

Loonkiito, 19, died on Wednesday night, May 10, after preying on livestock in Olkelunyiet village.

In southern Kenya, the village borders Amboseli National Park.

Conservation group Lion Guardians said he was "the oldest male lion in our ecosystem and possibly in Africa". Most lions live to around 13 in the wild.

Almost all lions live in Africa with a small population in India, according to the World Wildlife Federation.


Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) spokesperson Paul Jinaro said on Friday May 12, that the lion was old and frail and wandered into the village from the park in search of food.


Jinaro didn't confirm if he was the oldest lion in the country but noted he was "very old".


The average lifespan of a lion is about 13 years in the wild, although they can live much longer in captivity.

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