Kenya’s famous lion dubbed “Scarface” has died in one of Africa’s most important conservation areas.
Conservationists reported that the 14-year-old lion, named for a scar over his right eye, passed away peacefully on Friday at around 1 p.m. local time in Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
“At 1 pm local time, Scarface took his last breath. He died in peace without any disturbance from vehicles and hyenas. We were the only vehicle on the scene and by his side, hoping to give him any kind of comfort,” the Mara Predator Conservation Programme posted on Facebook alongside an image of the dead lion.
“The Mara has lost yet another one of its great iconic males. May his legend forever live on,” the non-profit said.
While Scarface had suffered several injuries, the lion appeared to be relatively healthy until dying from natural causes, conservationists said.
Scarface was perhaps the most sought-after lion among tourists visiting the reserve, one of the most famous safari destinations in Africa.
Scarface was part of a group of lions dubbed “the four musketeers” that took control of the Marsh Pride territory in the reserve and were featured in a BBC documentary series.
BBC presenter Jonathan Scott described the group as “nomads, full of swagger and aggression and pumped with testosterone. They were almost impossible to tell apart, except for Scarface, who stood out straight away due to his disfiguring wound.”