First horror, now relief in Zimbabwe.
Despite reports that Jericho, brother of Cecil the lion, was poached, the lion is thriving. And even more encouraging, according to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, he has taken Cecil’s cubs under his wing.
“Mistaken Identity – Jericho is in fact alive and well and has adopted Cecil’s cubs. We were given 3 separate confirmed reports last night that is was Jericho. We could not reach the research station in Hwange to verify if Jericho was indeed alive after they reported that they were receiving signal from his collar.
We apologize for reporting that he had died but were confident that our sources were in fact correct. This was a case of mistaken identity, but a lion has in fact been killed…although we are relieved that it was not Jericho, we are not happy that yet another lion has been killed…
We understand that some people will be very upset about the report but please could we keep this face book page clear of derogatory slurs.
We would like to make it clear that we do NOT support trophy hunting and we do NOT issue permits or licenses to kill animals…in Zimbabwe. We are merely a concerned conservation group trying to help stop the slaughter of Zimbabwe’s beautiful animals.”
That was further confirmed by the researchers at Oxford University who have been studying the pride.
— Oxford University (@UniofOxford) August 2, 2015
And, more good news. The ire has not died down about Cecil with a call for from the government of Zimbabwe for extradition of the U.S. hunter, Dr. Walter Palmer, who killed the protection animal. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also investigating.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is tightening is rules around hunting including banning bow hunting and suspension of the activity outside Hwange National Park. A wildlife conservation and management fund is also being established.
Theo Bronchorst, a professional hunter with Bushman Safaris and land owner, Honest Trymore Ndlovu, are facing criminal charges connected to the kill and appeared in court last week.