A safari guide was mauled to death by a lion in Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe on Monday, the location where Cecil the Lion was killed in an illegal hunt last month.
The guide, Quinn Swales, 40, had posted Aug 10 on his Facebook page a photo of Cecil the Lion.
Swales was leading a group of tourists on a photographic safari when the male lion “unexpectedly charged”, the lodge said.
It is with deep regret and great sadness that we are able to confirm the death of Quinn Swales, a Camp Hwange Professional Guide, who was fatally mauled by a male lion whilst out on a walking safari this morning.
Quinn, a fully qualified and experienced Zimbabwe Professional Guide, was leading a group of Camp Hwange guests on a photographic walking safari. He was tracking lions early this morning, when a Male Lion unexpectedly charged. We can confirm that Quinn did everything he could to successfully protect his guests and ensure their safety, and that no guests were injured in the incident. Unfortunately, Quinn passed away this morning as result of the injuries sustained at the scene.
We would like to express our deepest sympathies to all of Quinn’s family.
It was posted to the lodge’s Facebook page.
Swales’s Facebook page said he was from Trelawney in northern Zimbabwe. Tragically the last photo he posted on August 10 was of Cecil the Lion, who was killed by a US dentist on an illegal hunt in Hwange National Park in early July.
Camp Hwange said on its official website that all of its guides were “handpicked to the highest standards”.
“Experienced in all the disciplines of walking in the wilds of Zimbabwe, your safety being their primary concern, together you will discover the heart-stopping experience of tracking the big game,” it added.