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Lion poached as trophy after being lured from Zimbabwean Park

One of Africa’s most famous lions has been found skinned and headless on the outskirts of the Hwange national park.

A lion in the Hwange national park.
A lion in the Hwange national park. Image by Bruce Monroe / CC BY-SA 2.0

It is alleged that park guides were paid around €50,000 to help a man, believed to be Spanish, lure the lion named Cecil out of the park borders where he could be ‘legally’ poached. Johnny Rodrigues of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said the death was a particular tragedy ‘not only because he was a symbol of Zimbabwe but because now we have to give up for dead his six cubs, as a new male won’t allow them to live so as to encourage Cecil’s three females to mate’. Police are investigating the country’s taxidermists for Cecil’s remains and Chelui4lions, a Spanish conservation group, is going to lengths to ensure the lion’s head is not imported into Spain as a trophy. Read more: theguardian.com