Son of Cecil the lion killed in Zim­babwe

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

9 A son of Cecil the lion was killed by tro­phy hun­ters in Zim­babwe, meet­ing the same fate as his fa­ther, whose death in 2015 caused a global out­cry.

Xanda, pic­tured, was six years old and had fa­thered a num­ber of cubs. He was shot on 7 July just out­side the Hwange na­tional park, not far from where Cecil died, but news of the death only be­came pub­lic last week. The hunt was or­gan­ised by the Zim­bab­wean pri­vate hunter Richard Cooke, but his clients have not been re­vealed. Xanda was wear­ing a GPS track­ing col­lar, fit­ted by sci­en­tists who study lions. Xanda was the pride male in a group with tw two adult lionesses and cu cubs, which roamed near th the park bound­ary.

Scie Sci­en­tists study­ing the Hw Hwange lions want a 5km no-hunt­ing zone to be formed around the pa park.

MoreM en­vi­ron­ment news,n pages 12-13

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