A life devoted to safeguarding the African lion
Over the years, Kissui's research focus crystallized to reflect the reality of lions and pastoralist communities sharing the land: potential for human-lion conflict. His long-term studies have helped create a broader understanding of such challenges and effective lion conservation strategies in the landscape. He and his team have learned that most livestock predation in the Maasai Steppe occurs during the rainy season and that hyenas are responsible for most livestock kills. Yet lions appear to be disproportionately killed by local people in retaliatory killings. His team has also shown how livestock ownership and relative wealth do not correlate to a higher likelihood of retaliation against lions.