EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PARTY SOURCE: Desert Lion Conservation
The Terrace Male is dead. The Desert Lion Project is sad to report that the “Terrace Male” (Xpl-68) was killed near Tomakas village sometime after midday on 24 Aug 2014. It is suspected that he was killed by local farmers, but the facts are as yet not clear. This sad end to a wonderful lion’s life will hopefully serve to improve on the effective community conservation efforts of the Namibian government as they grapple to combine the needs of local farmers with those of the conservation and tourism industries.
The “Terrace Male” (Xpl-68) was born during Nov 2007 in the Agab River. He moved to the Huab River in 2010/2011. On 7 Aug 2012, Xpl-68 left the Huab River and embarked on an adventurous journey. The famous wanderings of the “Terrace Male” (Xpl-68) across the harshest sections of the northern Namib Desert during the past years have been nothing short of remarkable. But, it was his voyage into Angola, where he swam across the Kunene River, that captured the imagination of the public and he has become somewhat of an icon, which has arguably benefitted wildlife conservation and tourism in Namibia.
Concerns where raised after the satellite collar of the “Terrace Male” (Xpl-68) stopped transmitting any new information around midday on the 24th of August 2014. It was originally thought that Xpl-68 had followed the Okongwe lionesses into the narrow gorges of the northern Okongwe Mountains where his collar may not have a clear view of the sky to send the data via satellite.
Two vehicles were dispatched to his last location to investigate the cause of the problem only to find the satellite collar of Xpl-68 removed and burnt.
Xpl-68 was with the Okongwe lionesses when the incident occurred. Data from their satellite collars show that the Okongwe females immediately moved into the northern Okongwe Mountains – possibly due to the disturbance caused by the killing of Xpl-68. The charred remains of the satellite collar were located +-100 metres north of the “Terrace Male” carcass. It would appear that the people responsible for killing the “Terrace Male” wanted to hide the evidence.
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