The American dentist who sparked global outrage when he killed an endangered black-maned lion in 2015 has been sighted hunting again. Walter Palmer, 60, from Minnesota, is reported to have made his return to the blood sport by travelling to Mongolia to slaughter the Altai argali -the largest wild sheep in the world.
Cecil ( c. 2002 – 2 July 2015) was a lion who lived primarily in the Hwange National Park in Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. Killing of Cecil the lion .
|Cecil at ease in Hwange National Park (2010)|
|Died||2 July 2015 (aged 13) Hwange District, Zimbabwe|
|Cause of death||Arrow wounds|
The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion is reported to have hunted another endangered wild animal. Walter Palmer is said to have slaughtered a protected ram in Mongolia, paying up to £80,000 for the kill .
The American dentist who sparked worldwide outrage in July when he killed Cecil — Zimbabwe’s most beloved lion — will not be charged with any crime because the hunt was perfectly legal , authorities said Monday.
Lions are the laziest of the big cats and spend up to 20 hours a day snoozing. But they are also very quick on their toes, hunt in packs and are responsible for killing around 250 people a year.
No predators hunt lions to eat them; however, they do have a few natural enemies, such as hyenas and cheetahs. Hyenas compete with lions for food and often try to steal their kills.
( Log Out / Three hyenas are around the strength of one lion, so if there’s enough hyenas , they’re more than capable of killing a lion. Lions often hunt in groups, whereas tigers hunt alone. Most experts prefer the Siberian and Bengal tigers to the African lion.
Unfortunately, lion hunting is legal in Africa . Kenya is the first country that has banned lion hunt in 1977. But at the same time, the government of South Africa , Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe are the top countries that allowed the people to hunt wild animals.
An African bush elephant on Fothergill Island, lake Kariba, in Zimbabwe, March 3, 2014. Hunting excursions in Zimbabwe can cost more than $37,000 and hunters also have to pay up to $14,500 for each elephant killed, according to safari hunting websites.
In Greek mythology, Leo was identified as the Nemean Lion which was killed by Heracles (Hercules to the Romans) during the first of his twelve labours.
When Walter Palmer , the Minnesota dentist and avid trophy hunter, killed Cecil the Lion in July 2015, the incident ignited a furor. For Oxford University biologist Andrew Loveridge , who had been studying Cecil for the past eight years, it was devastating.
For a lion, trophy fees range from $9,900 for a lioness, to $35,000 for a black male lion, according to Africa Hunt Lodge. The trophy fees, however, mainly go to anti-poaching efforts, according to the company.
Lions usually hunt and eat medium-sized to large hoofed animals like wildebeests , zebras , and antelopes . They occasionally also prey on larger animals, especially sick or injured ones, and eat found meat such as carrion.
According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, every year an estimated 600 lions are slaughtered for sport – and 64 percent of those are killed by American trophy hunters.