The severed heads of lions were recovered from the people caught
According to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, both of these convicts had confessed to killing the lions by giving them space in front of the police after being caught. Not only this, he also showed the police officers the place where the severed heads of lions were hidden. According to deputy resident district commissioner Gad Rugaju Ahimbisibwe, both men – 49-year-old Vincent Tumuhirwe and 40-year-old Robert Erio – had admitted to killing lions for their teeth and claws.
How much are lion parts sold for?
The Ugandan police had said that the two had killed six lions for business. The convicts had told in police interrogation that a lion’s head is sold for $10, while its fat is sold for $15. Lion’s nails and hearts are also sold at about the same price to small companies making medicines, beauty products. According to the police, both of them used the dangerous chemical insecticide furdan to kill the lions.
The dead bodies were left in the open for the vultures.
These people had cut off their heads and paws after poisoning the lions. They had left the carcasses of lions in the open for the feast of the vultures. Seeing such a large number of vultures hovering at one place, the team of Forest Rangers reached the place where the mutilated bodies of these six lions were lying. These lions belonged to the tree-climbing species. Tree climbing lions are mainly found in two places in Africa. One of them lives in Queen Elizabeth Park in Uganda and the other in Manyara, Tanzania. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed lions as vulnerable to extinction.