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Tributes paid to 'legendary' scarface lion dead at 14: 'A big loss'

Scarface, described as the 'rockstar of the Mara,' died in Kenya's world-renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

6/18/2021 1:07:00 PM

Scarface , described as the 'rockstar of the Mara,' died in Kenya 's world-renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve .

Scarface , described as the 'rockstar of the Mara,' died in Kenya 's world-renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve .

Newsweek:"As top predators in the food chain, lions play a critical role in the ecosystem. While it is a sad day to hear of the passing of Scarface, it is heartening to know that he was able to help maintain the natural ecosystem balance in the Maasai Mara National Reserve for over 14 years.

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"His presence also helped support the local Maasai communities that benefit from ecotourism," he said."Having had the thrill of seeing Scarface myself a few years ago, I can understand firsthand how his distinctive gaze enthralled the many tourists who came to see him."

Arend de Haas, director of conservation at the African Conservation Foundation, also mourned"It is indeed a big loss that legendary Scarface passed away," de Haas toldNewsweek."He died of age-related issues, but his genes live on in the Maasai Mara prides." headtopics.com

Log in to Facebook to start sharing and connecting with your friends, family and people you know.Mara Predator Conservation Programme confirmed his death on June 11."He died in peace without any disturbance from vehicles and hyenas," the non-profit said on

Facebook."We were the only vehicle on the scene and by his side, hoping to give him any kind of comfort. The Mara has lost yet another one of its great iconic males. May his legend forever live on."Among others to pay tribute to the famous lion was international wildlife charity Born Free Foundation, which described him as a"mighty male" on

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