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.
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.
A Zimbabwe conservation group says it wants the head of Cecil the Lion to be mounted in a case in Hwange National Park , where he was killed last month. Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said Cecil’s head was found in the home of Theo Bronkhorst, one of the co-accused.
“The trip to Mongolia was his idea. The ram was on his list of hunts he wanted to complete.” Mr Palmer allegedly paid £32,000 to his Zimbabwean guides in July 2015 to be able to kill Cecil , and was suspected of luring the 13-year-old big cat out of its home in Hwange National Park to shoot it with a bow and arrow.
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.
( 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.
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.
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.
American trophy hunters pay big money to kill animals overseas and import over 126,000 wildlife trophies per year on average. They also do their sport-killing domestically: Bears, bobcats, mountain lions, wolves and other domestic wildlife also fall victim to trophy hunting , damaging natural ecosystems.
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.
We will never know just how many lions there were, but measured trends in recent decades are alarming. Today, lions are extinct in 26 African countries, have vanished from over 95 percent of their historic range, and experts estimate that there are only about 20,000 left in the wild.
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.