Lions Escape Kenya's Nairobi National Park, Roam Residential Area

NAIROBI, Kenya — Up to six lions have broken out of a national park near the Kenyan capital and were last seen roaming a residential area, wildlife officials said Friday.

The lions were first spotted at 4 a.m. Friday (8 p.m. Thursday ET) near a hospital in the suburb of Langata, and later near Kibera, Kenya's largest slum, Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Udoto said.

Image: File photo of one of the lions at Nairobi's National Park
One of the lions at Nairobi's National Park in March 2013. MARKO DJURICA / Reuters

Wildlife rangers do not know how the lions got out of the Nairobi National Park, which is surrounded by an electric fence.

He said a team of wildlife rangers tracking the lions aims to capture them and return them to the park.

Nairobi National Park is home to many species of wildlife including endangered black rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes and diverse bird life.

Nairobi's skyscrapers can be seen from the park.