Last July Cecil the Lion was killed by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer while he was on a hunting expedition in Zimbabwe. He faced numerous threats, protests and demonstrations via social media as well as at his dental practice, causing him to refrain from the public eye for weeks.
According to KTLA 5, the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force reported that Cecil was lured out of the protected area and then killed with a compound bow. Palmer maintained that he did not know that Cecil was “a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt,” KTLA 5 reports.
Two Zimbabweans have been charged in the killing. Palmer, on the other hand, will not face any charges, a Zimbabwean minister announced. Opa Muchinguir, Zimbabwe’s minister of environment, water and climate said there had already been plenty of publicity surrounding the incident, according to KTLA 5. “If you talk to him, tell him that tourists are welcome here,” she added. “No hunting, though.”
No further details have been reported at this time.