Jeri­cho the lion dies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqobile Tshili

JERI­CHO the lion — brother to the fa­mous Ce­cil who was killed by an Amer­i­can in an il­le­gal hunt last year — has been found dead at Hwange Na­tional Park.

Zim­babwe Parks and Wildlife Au­thor­i­ties (Zim­parks) au­thor­i­ties have at­trib­uted his death to nat­u­ral causes.

A re­search team found the lion dead on Sun­day evening af­ter a four day search.

Jeri­cho (12) was part of a lion re­search done by a United States of Amer­ica-based univer­sity.

Like many wild an­i­mals, Jeri­cho was not known to lo­cals un­til last year’s killing of Ce­cil the lion by Amer­i­can tro­phy hunter Dr Wal­ter Palmer.

Zim­babwe Parks and Wildlife Au­thor­ity (Zim­parks) spokesper­son Ms Caro­line Washaya-Moyo yes­ter­day said the lion is sus­pected to have died on Thurs­day due to nat­u­ral causes.

“Jeri­cho was found dead in the Kennedy area which was his ter­ri­tory. It is sus­pected that he could have died on Oc­to­ber 27, 2016,” said Washaya-Moyo.

“Jeri­cho was be­ing mon­i­tored via a satel­lite col­lar. The team of lion re­searchers (Andy and Jane) and our Ranger Trust lo­cated the car­cass this (Sun­day) evening dur­ing an on­go­ing re-col­lar­ing ex­er­cise which started on 0cto­ber 24.”

The killing of Ce­cil the lion caused in­ter­na­tional up­roar with an on­line com­mu­nity sign­ing a pe­ti­tion against Dr Palmer.

The on­line con­ser­va­tion­ists even started an on­line cam­paign for the pro­tec­tion of lions which raised $50 000 in a week.

While the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity was mak­ing a fuss about the lion’s killing, lo­cals were cel­e­brat­ing its death say­ing the lions were a men­ace in the com­mu­nity as they were eat­ing live­stock.—@nqot­shili.

A gul­ley formed by sand poach­ers spreads to­wards houses in Cow­dray Park, Bu­l­awayo. As the rainy sea­son ap­proches such land degra­da­tion poses a dan­ger to both peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment. Some roads in the sub­urb have been damaged as the sand poach­ers leave open pits af­ter their work. (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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