Living With Lions

When Humans Are Hunted

For rural Tanzanians the threat of lion attack rises and falls with the phases of the moon, the nocturnal predators favoring the darkest nights. But whether the night is dark or bright, villagers without electricity or plumbing have to walk to the outhouse or to get water and firewood. People have even been attacked inside their homes.

Lions have attacked more than a thousand Tanzanians since 1988, when the government first kept records. A recent study focused on attacks in 12 districts from 1988 to 2009.