“Olorpapit” the oldest lion in Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve has died, the park management announced on Thursday.
“It’s true we are celebrating the life of the iconic lion Olorpapit who has been ruling the Enkuiyani pride for the past 16 years. It died of old age on Wednesday evening at Olare Motorogi Conservancy. It was a celebrity lion that was a darling to tourists,” said James Sindiyo the Chief Park Warden.
Sindiyo told local Kenyan media that the patriarch Lion had been weak for the past few years and its situation was worsened when he was attacked by younger territorial young lions few weeks ago.
In August the Lions condition started dwindling, it was brought to the attention of park management. It received treatment from vet and the condition was monitored closely by rangers of both reserve and conservancy.
According to African Lions Fact, an online lion platform, in the wild the lifespan of lions is approximately 15 years, however in captivity it can be as long as 30 years.