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Tuesday 07 of February 2023

Son of Cecil the Lion Killed in Zimbabwean Hunt 


Cecil the lion at Hwange National Park in 2010,photo: Wikimedia
Cecil the lion at Hwange National Park in 2010,photo: Wikimedia
The six-year-old lion named Xanda was killed outside the boundary of Hwange National Park

JOHANNESBURG – Conservationists in Zimbabwe say the son of a lion named Cecil, whose 2015 killing prompted an international outcry, has also been fatally shot during a hunt.

A group named Friends of Hwange Trust said Thursday on Facebook that six-year-old Xanda, Cecil’s son, was shot on a “legal trophy hunt” several days ago. The group says Xanda, who was wearing a GPS collar installed by researchers, was killed outside the boundary of Hwange National Park.


Another group named Lions of Hwange National Park says Xanda was killed by a Zimbabwean professional hunter.

Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer killed Cecil after the lion was allegedly lured outside Hwange park with an animal carcass used as bait. Zimbabwe described the killing as illegal and said it would charge Palmer, but later dropped that plan.