At least five lions are on the loose in Fochville on Johannesburg’s West Rand.
It’s not clear where the lions escaped from, as much of the area where they have been spotted consists of livestock farms.
The Captured in Africa organisation says it was notified of one lion on the loose two weeks ago- but yesterday police in the area spotted another four.
The organisation’s Drew Abrahamson says, “The guards have the visual. They were standing at a calf that had died and the next minute five lions were walking towards them across the field.
“They were a little bit concerned not to lose them because you can’t get out of your vehicle and track them on foot.”
The organisation says it’s working closely with police, Disaster Management and farmers to locate five lions.
Search for lions “costly”
The Captured in Africa Foundation says that the search for five lions on the loose in the West Ran d area is costly, with additional resources being provided by the Johannesburg and Pretoria zoos.
One of the lions was first spotted in the Fochville area weeks ago.
Police officers raised the alarm after they spotted the animals not too far from a livestock carcass while on patrol.
Search teams have so far been unable to establish where the predators came from.
The lions were last seen on Friday.
Captured in Africa's Drew Abrahamson says they’ve experienced funding problems.
“Funding is always an issue when you have to do things like this. You have to cover your veterinary costs, your emergency veterinary costs, there’s also the cost of crates and drugs used to immobilise them. There’s a lot of costs involved.”