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July 01, 2018 2 min read

"Until the Lion Learns How to Write, Every Story will Glorify the Hunter" - African Proverb

The Murder of Cecil the Lion

Three years ago, Cecil, a beloved African lion in  Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, was shot and killed by Walter Palmer, a dentist from the United States. Palmer paid around $54,000 to bow-hunt Cecil. On July 1, the dentist hit the lion with an arrow on a farm outside the national park, a place where Cecil was known to explore.  Palmer and his guide tracked Cecil for over 11 hours then shot  again taking the collared lion’s life.

The  murder of Cecil, a 13-year-old lion with a glorious black mane, sparked  international outcry.  News spread rapidly across the world via social media. Cecil was the star of Hwange National Park and he was one of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit’s (Wildcru) radio collared lions.  The contempt for Walter Palmer was so intense the dentist was forced to close his practice and go into hiding until the public quieted down.  One could argue that Palmer was one of the most hated people on earth.

Cecil Image Credit: Brent Stapelkamp

To read more about Cecil's Story pounce here: Honor Cecil by Signing World Heritage Species Petition

Please Sign the World Heritage Species Petition.

A World Heritage Species could be “the next step in our evolution as a compassionate species,” but Brent Stapelkamp and Born Free Foundation need a lot more people power behind the idea.

Please share the petition with family, friends and all who you think care about the future of our wildlife. A great responsibility lies ahead of us – and that is the preservation of our wildlife heritage for the future generations.  Take a moment to honor Cecil by signing the petition.


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