Wednesday, July 29, 2015

An American killed Cecil, the most famous lion in Zimbabwe

An American killed Cecil, the most famous lion in Zimbabwe
That was Cecil, the majestic lion dearest Zimbabwe. /Pic by Youtube
The cat of 13 years was the favorite of the 50,000 tourists who visit the Hwange park. An American hunter killed. The dentist who killed Cecil, the lion's dearest Zimbabwe. Hwange. Semi-domesticated, quiet and majestic with his black hair that made him recognizable from a mile away, the lion Cecil, who was killed by an arrow in early July by an American hunter, was the star of the natural park of Hwange, in western Zimbabwe.

The cat of 13 years was the favorite of nearly 50,000 tourists each year visit the Hwange park. There, in the largest game reserve in the country, the lion had fathered a dozen puppies.

Killed by an American dentist who later said he regretted the death of the animal, Cecil was described as "magnificent" "magnificent" and "not aggressive," according to environmental advocates and researchers who noted that today speak of it as if they referred to a dear friend.

"It was a beautiful animal, majestic, with a beautiful black coat, was one of the most beautiful animals," said Johnny Rodrigues, president of the NGO Zimbabwe Conservation Taskforce. Brent Stapelkamp researcher, University of Oxford, was the last person to photograph Cecil alive, a few days before his death. The academic, who studied the animal for nine years, remembers him as a lion "moved like a master."

"It was a lion with confidence that may exist, because I knew that was the greatest," said the British newspaper The Telegraph.

However, environmentalists recognize that Zimbabweans, including many safari operators, Cecil did not know, and that before his death, fame did not exceed Lion select circle of people who can access a trip to Hwange. His black hair made him stand out from the others, and reminded the Abyssinian breed of Ethiopia, although the Oxford lab said it was an "ordinary lion".

Cecil was wearing a GPS collar installed as part of a research program at the University of Oxford to collect data about their lifestyle and longevity. The cat was in the twilight of his life, as wild lions usually live about 14 years. Regarding its name, there are several theories and some argue even that was named after the pioneer of the country, the British mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes.

The lion population in Africa, currently estimated at a level of 30,000 to 35,000 copies, has dropped 30% over the past 20 years, according to environmental group WWF. In Hwange Park live about 500. In South Africa very few lions live in the wild. Two thirds of the country's 9,100 lions are bred in captivity for hunting and are released to nature for a few days before they are killed.

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