Chicago’s Man-Eating Lions! “The Ghost And The Darkness!” Up Close With The Tsavo Killers!

Meet “The Ghost And The Darkness!”

They may not look it, but these are two of the most ravenous Lions in history!

When I lived in Chicago, we’d go to see them – what a fascinating story!

The two Lions are on display at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History.

It’s easy to find The Field Museum, thanks to all of the signs:

The main entryway inside the building is stuffed with lots of cool stuff, like dinosaurs!

The Tsavo Killers!

I was fascinated to see this exhibit: two lions that may not seem that big, but boy, did they terrorize railroad workers!

Their names were “The Ghost” and “The Darkness,” and 119 years ago, these two massive, maneless, man-eating lions hunted railway workers in the Tsavo region of Kenya. During a nine-month period in 1898, the lions killed at least 35 people and as many as 135, according to different accounts.

Tucked within an arresting collection of taxidermied mammals of Africa in the Rice Gallery, the man-eating lions of Tsavo are two of the Field Museum’s most famous residents—and also the most infamous.

The 1996 film “The Ghost And The Darkness” told the story of the Hunters who tracked these kilelrs down. Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer starred, and it a pretty good film!

Check out the trailer:

It’s a well done thriller with a great cast…

Of course, after leaving the Museum, it’s just a few steps to this incredible view of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago:

There are so many things to see in Chicago, like the great “Riverwalk”, which takes you from Lake Michigan west along the Chicago River – right through Chicago’s downtown area:

Due to the pandemic, the riverwalk has been closed, but is no reopen again – here is a look at what you see when you wander along it – just click to see how often I wandered this great trail:

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17 replies

  1. It’s a great movie to watch Love Michael Douglas an Val Kilmer. Would love to come see them sometimes my husband has seen them. Thank u

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  2. Scary..Have downloaded the film to watch later I am sure hubby will love it…:)

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  3. Cool museum. I think we visited on one of our trips to Chicago but I don’t remember the lions. I think that calls for another trip when the world opens safely again. Chicago has so much to see and is especially rich in museums!

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  4. Michael Douglas and Val Kilmer is a recipe for a great movie. What a scary, horrible experience for the train workers.

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  5. How crazy- I’ll never heard about this!

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  6. I believe that when wild cats like lions get a taste for human flesh, they never stop hunting humans. The entrance of that museum looks a lot like the one in Night at the Museum.

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  7. Yikes, these were some badass lions! As usual, infamy is found in death as is often the way, then to be memorialised in film. I love their names. What I don’t love is taxidermy. Taxidermy animals give me the creeps! xx

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  8. I went to Kenya in 1983. Staying at a safari lodge near Mt Kilimanjaro, we were told to stay close to the buildings, as a cleaning lady had been killed by a lion the night before, on her way home from work!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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