The Man-Eating Lions Of Tsavo

Samuel Reason | February 21st, 2019

Perhaps known as some of the most notorious lions to have ever lived in the wild, the man-eating lions of Tsavo were hunted and vilified for generations. In the huge swath around the Kenya savanna living around the Tsavo River, these groups of wild lions were notorious for hunting humans.

Tsavo lion prides are generally smaller than their cousins in Serengeti, another unique characteristic is that male lions do not share power. Each pride has around 10 females and 1 male lion, they also look different. Male Tsavo lions normally have a smaller mane and are darker colored this is simply due to the lack of water in the region. Tsavo is hotter and drier than Serengeti which is why their manes cannot be as heavy.

But the real thing that makes Tsavo lions so different than other species, is their fierce reputation of preying on people that enter their region. There are hundreds of stories for centuries of Arab slave caravans that went through Tsavo on their way to Mombasa, where lions attacked them repeatedly. The death rate was extremely high, the area was terrible for sleeping due to the sickness that came from tsetse flies. Historians believe this is how Tsavo got a taste for human flesh: they started by feeding on the dead slaves whose corpses were left behind.

But the real horror story started in 1898 when a crew constructing the railroad bridge over the Tsavo River were terrorized by two lions. Apparently, the lions killed as many as 135 crew members. They had to call in a specialist to deal with the situation and the killer man-eating lions were eventually shot by Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson. He then sold their bodies for over $5,000 to a museum in Chicago.

Tests on their stuffed flesh do confirm that they were feeding regularly on humans, however, zoologists today believe it would have been more in the range of 35 people and not 135. Even today hearing news in Tsavo of a farmer being eating by a lion is not rare, locals are not surprised.

Next Article
  • Pineapples Contain Flesh-Eating Enzymes

    The pineapple was originally from Brazil but was quickly exported and grown as different varieties all around South America. Eventually, it made it to the Caribbeans and the Indies, which is where it was discovered by the famous Christopher Columbus in 1493 and brought back home to Europe. Little did he know he was bringing...

    Read More
  • Viagra In An Irish Water Supply

    Most of the world’s Viagra is produced in a small village in Ireland, so much so that it is even nicknamed Viagra Falls. The Pfizer drug is helping millions of men with being impotent, all created in a small village in Ringaskiddy in County Cork. Every year they made over 45 tons of the little...

    Read More
  • The Legend Of The Roquefort Cheese

    One of the most famous blue cheeses in France and perhaps even the world is known as the Roquefort. The blue spots on the cheese are mold, but they don’t just let the cheese mold, the makers of the famous cheese actually start the process. Roquefort is produced by adding...

    Read More
  • There Is No Known Science Behind 10,000 Steps Per Day

    The wisdom behind living a healthy life normally comes with much research and scientific fact, such as drinking eight glasses of water per day to stay hydrated. These sorts of sayings are logically and have common sense: get eight hours of sleep per night. And the world-famous breakfast is the most important meal of the...

    Read More
  • Germany Embarks On A Mission To Create Space Beer

    In the very early hours of June 13, 2019, there was complete silence across the Swedish countryside. Then suddenly near the small town of Kiruna, there was a huge boom, it was the German Aerospace Center (DLR) launching a 12-meter long sounding rocket from their ESRANGE space base. The 20-meter long fire trail behind it...

    Read More
  • Become A Certified Pirate At University

    At one prestigious university in the United States of America if you can fulfill your Psychical Education requirement which also includes archery, fencing, sailing and shooting guns then you will receive an official Pirate Certificate. Historically speaking you may associate pirates with their peg legs, eye patches and hooks for...

    Read More
  • Rats Have Empathy And Will Save A Drowning Friend

    If one rat is drowning and will most likely die, then another will step in and save it. New research into rats lives shows that the rodents appear to have and feel empathy. Saving another person from a life or death situation is not something that everyone will do without thinking, some humans even will...

    Read More