Somalisa private concession in Hwange, Zimbabwe, is trying track down a Spanish men who allegedly paid park guides €50, 000 ($54, 652) for the opportunity to kill Cecil, one of Africa’s well known lions. Cecil was found skinned and headless on the outskirts of the park. Cecil used to tempt out of the park, a technique commonly used so that hunters can “legally” kill protected lions.
Cecil was wearing a GPS collar as part of a research project carried out by Oxford University. The trace of his last movements shows when it was tricked into leaving the park and shot with a bow and arrow. After they hit him, the hunters tracked the dying lion for 40 hours before they killed it with a rifle.
Bryan Orford, a professional wildlife guide who filmed Cecil many times, told National Geographic that the lion was the park’s “biggest tourist attraction”.
Bryan Orford, Cecil the lion in Hwange, Zimbabwe