The world again mourns the pride of its game. Africa and Kenya in particular mourn a legend of the big five family. “We are heartbroken to announce that the legendary ‘Scarface’ passed away today of natural causes in his beloved Mara home,” a statement from the World Heritage Species on social media pages on Friday, June 11 around 1 p.m after its death.
The Mara musketeers lose one of their own after making a series of histories in the park to form the untouchable coalition. According to the Mara Predator Conservation program, the Lion is said to have died peacefully without any disturbances from either vehicles or hyenas. The legendary lion got its name, scarface, as a result of the scar on one of its eyes. The aged carnivore was the most sought for a wild animal in the Mara by both local and foreign tourists.
Scarface, aged 14, was the most famous king of the jungle having held territory of over 400 square kilometres. Even at the time of his demise, he had suffered a series of injuries but was still active and energetic.
A lion’s lifespan is between 10-14 years. This, therefore, means Scarface died in its sunset years. Out of the four musketeers of the Mara, Scarface was the second largest but the tallest member of the coalition.
Together with Sikio, Hunter and Morani they formed one of the indomitable and fabled coalitions in Africa. This is because of their savagery, success, power in siring and raising of cubs and perseverance. At the time of its death, it was limping one of the hind legs though reasons not really known. However, it is attributed to its old age.