Zim­babwe con­firms that lion named Jeri­cho, friend of Ce­cil, is still alive

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY FARAI MUTSAKA

Wildlife author­i­ties in Zim­babwe on Sun­day dis­missed a re­port of the shoot­ing death of a male lion who was a com­pan­ion of Ce­cil, a well-known lion killed by an Amer­i­can hunter in early July.

The Zim­babwe Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity re­leased a pho­to­graph of the lion named Jeri­cho that it said was taken Sun­day morn­ing.

A state­ment from the au­thor­ity said Jeri­cho “is still alive and be­ing mon­i­tored” by Brent Stapelkamp, who is fol­low­ing Jeri­cho’s move­ments with the help of a satel­lite col­lar on the lion.

The Face­book page of a group called the Zim­babwe Con­ser­va­tion Task Force said Satur­day that Jeri­cho was killed.

Ce­cil’s killing sparked an in­ter­na­tional out­cry. Zim­bab­wean author­i­ties called it an illegal hunt.

Stapelkamp said Ce­cil and Jeri­cho over­saw two prides to­gether. The state­ment from the wildlife au­thor­ity said the two lions were part­ners in a “coali­tion” but were not re­lated.

AFP

Ce­cil, the lion from Zim­babwe, who was killed by an Amer­i­can Den­tist is seen on the Em­pire State Build­ing, in the “Pro­ject­ing Change on the Em­pire State Build­ing” pro­ject, made by the Os­car win­ning di­rec­tor and founder of Oceanic Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety Louis Psi­hoyos and pro­ducer Fisher Stevens in New York, Satur­day, Aug. 1.

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