Cecil the lion killed, animated cartoon


This animated cartoon by Mark Fiore in the USA says about itself:

Trophy Hunting and You

20 August 2015

The world, or at least the World of the Internets, is furious with the Minnesota dentist who stupidly killed Cecil the Lion. (How you shoot a huge lion with a tracking collar and claim to think it was, literally, fair game, I’ll never know.) You can see more here.

Cecil and other lions, video


This video says about itself:

9 August 2015

For LION DAY

A tribute to Cecil the lion and recent events around Walter Palmer the hunter.

Please support and share Ngala film Campaign to put an end to trophy hunting!

World Lion Day is over now. Cecil is dead. However, there can still be pro-lion action on any day.

Cecil the lion killed, court charges


This video is called The Hide, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

From Reuters news agency:

Zimbabwe Court Charges Game Park Owner Over Cecil The Lion

He has been accused of letting an American tourist illegally hunt and kill Cecil.

HARARE – The game park owner accused of letting an American tourist illegally hunt and kill a lion on his property in Zimbabwe has been charged in connection with the killing and released on bail in Hwange, his lawyer said.

The killing of Cecil, a 13-year-old, rare, black-maned lion and a popular tourist attraction, caused global consternation and triggered a major backlash against Africa’s multi-million dollar hunting industry.

Honest Ndlovu owns the game park into which Cecil was lured from the adjacent Hwange National Park and shot with a bow and arrow by American dentist Walter Palmer.

A copy of the charge sheet seen by Reuters said Ndlovu was charged with permitting “a person who is not ordinarily resident in Zimbabwe to hunt the said animal which was not on the hunting quota.”

His lawyer Tonderai Mukuku said Ndlovu denies the charge and was set free on $200 bail. He will return to court on Sept. 18.

The same Hwange court last week postponed until Sept. 28 the trial of local hunter Theo Bronkhorst.

Bronkhorst, who acted as Palmer’s guide, is accused of failing to prevent Palmer from killing Cecil, who had been fitted with a GPS collar as part of an Oxford University study, and was a favorite with tourists visiting Hwange park.

Zimbabwe wants Palmer, 55, extradited from the United States to face trial.

(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

Saving lions in Angola


This November 2013 video says about itself:

GoPro: Lions – The New Endangered Species?

The GoPro production crew journeys to Africa to explore the danger and beauty of Kevin Richardson’s passions for lions and their future.

From Wildlife Extra:

Angola signs historic agreement to protect its lions

The African lion has been awarded new protection in Angola with the signing of a significant conservation agreement between the government of Angola and Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organisation.

Angola’s Minister of the Environment, Fátima Jardim, presided over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Panthera’s Senior Lion Program Director, Dr Paul Funston, and the Director General of the Angolan Ministry of the Environment’s National Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation Areas, Dr Helidoro Abambres.

Through this agreement, both parties have committed to collaboratively undertake conservation initiatives to map the presence of lions in Angola and assess the size and condition of the country’s existing lion populations.

“This is a huge milestone for the lions of Angola,” says Dr Funston. “The KAZA (Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area) region is home to one of Africa’s largest lion populations and is therefore crucial in our work to save the lion.

“This MOU signifies a new beginning for conservation in Angola and a significant step forward in Panthera’s ongoing work in KAZA.”

Supported by the Angolan Ministry of Environment, Panthera will begin by conducting a comprehensive lion population survey in the 84,000 sq km of the KAZA in southeast Angola, and implementing conservation training for local scientists.

Stretching across Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, and Botswana, KAZA comprises the largest transboundary conservation region in the world.

Nearly a century ago, as many as 200,000 lions roamed Africa; today surveys estimate that approximately 20,000 remain across the entire continent.

Highly threatened by conflict with local people, poaching for the illegal wildlife trade, habitat loss and fragmentation and the illegal bushmeat trade, lions are precariously teetering on the brink of extinction.

Through Project Leonardo, Panthera aims to bring lion populations back to a minimum of 30,000 lions by mitigating these threats.

Eurasian cave lion fossil discovery by seven-year-old


This video says about itself:

World Of The [Eurasian] Cave Lion

20 January 2014

Simba‘s European Cousin.

Translated from Nu.nl in the Netherlands:

Boy finds in Gelderland bones of prehistoric cave lion

August 16, 2015 20:20

The now ten-year-old Enzo Smink in the Gelderland town Wekerom has found an absolutely unique find. On a secluded beach nearby he found the lower jaw of a rare prehistoric cave lion.

That is reported by paleontological museum De Groene Poort in Boxtel this Sunday.

Smink made the discovery as early as the summer of 2012, but no one then realized what the boy had found. The remains landed in a box with his grandmother.

Only when the boy earlier this year got the bones out again for a speech, his mother decided to send a picture of it to specialists.

“An archaeological finding of this format is probably done once in twenty years,” says director René Fraaije of the museum to NU.nl. “Cave lions at that time were already rare, let alone that ten thousand years later their bones are often found.”

Cave drawings

The cave lion was the largest predator of the time of the mammoths. This animal lived in most of Europe then. The name does not refer to the lifestyle of the enormous feline, but to the place where most of the remains of the lions have been found.

The animal became extinct at the end of the last ice age, roughly ten thousand years ago. This was due to the changing climate and the extinction of the prey animals that the lions fed on. Most information about the appearance of the cave lion is derived from prehistoric cave drawings.

Enzo Smink will transfer the find officially to the prehistoric museum on Monday. There the lower jaw will get a special place in the collection.

Before Cecil the lion, Walter Palmer poached American black bear


Walter Palmer, crossbow and poached black bear in 2008, photo: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

From ABC News in the USA:

See Photos of Black Bear Illegally Hunted by Dentist Walter Palmer Who Killed Cecil the Lion

Aug 13, 2015, 8:19 PM ET

By TAMI SHEHERI, TOM BERMAN and ALEXA VALIENTE

Photos recently obtained by ABC News’ “20/20” show Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer posing with the large black bear he illegally killed while hunting in Wisconsin in 2006.

ABC News’ “20/20” obtained photos through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Watch the full story on ABC News’ “20/20” on Friday, Aug. 14 at 10 p.m. ET.

Palmer has been avoiding the public eye since the world learned that he killed Cecil, a well-known 13-year-old male lion, just outside Hwange National Park in Hwange, Zimbabwe. He allegedly paid veteran safari guide Theo Bronkhorst at least $50,000 to help him bag a big lion in Zimbabwe when he went on safari last month. In an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph, Bronkhorst said their hunt was delayed and he and Palmer instead went to hunt on a farm abutting Hwange National Park, rather than an approved area.

An accomplished bow hunter, Palmer has hunted big game around the world, including moose, deer, buffalo, mountain lions and even a polar bear, according to the New York Times. And he had gotten into trouble in the past.

In 2003, Palmer was convicted of a misdemeanor in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, for fishing without a license and paid a small fine. Three years later, in September 2006, Palmer was hunting black bear in northern Wisconsin when he shot a bear in an area where he wasn’t allowed to hunt, shown in these photos below.

According to court documents, Palmer had a permit to kill a bear in one county, but he shot the bear 40 miles from away in an area where he did not have a permit to hunt.

“As soon as the bear was killed, Palmer and the three guys he was with — guides — they agreed they would lie about it,” U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil told “20/20.”

Vaudreuil got involved when Palmer took the bear across state lines back to Minnesota.

“He was lying to us. He was offering to pay, it turns out, about $20,000 to keep the others who were in the hunt, to have them lie, so that’s a fairly aggressive cover-up,” Vaudreuil said.

But the bear guides didn’t lie to authorities. In 2008, Palmer pleaded guilty to felony charges of making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the black bear he shot and killed outside of the authorized hunting zone, according to court documents. He paid $2,938 in fines and was sentenced to a year of probation.

In connection with Cecil the lion’s death, Zimbabwe’s environment, water and climate minister, Oppah Muchiniguri, said at a news conference last month that the Zimbabwe government was seeking to extradite Palmer for hunting without the proper permits. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has opened its own investigation. …

Police arrested Bronkhorst, and he and a farm landowner named Honest Trymore Ndlovu are facing criminal poaching charges in connection with Cecil‘s death. Bronkhorst told authorities that Palmer fired the final blow that killed Cecil.

Cecil the lion: Dentist Walter Palmer tried to BRIBE guides to ‘cover-up’ his illegal bear hunt: here. And here.

Walter Palmer’s Odyssey Didn’t Begin With Cecil — Dentist Allegedly Made Habit Of Illegal Hunting: here.

Lion Cecil’s cubs alive in Zimbabwe


This video from Zimbabwe says about itself:

Jericho The Lion Spotted Protecting Cecil‘s Cubs

10 August 2015

Jericho and Cecil‘s cubs are OK.

Interview with biologist Stapelkamp, who studied Cecil and other Hwange National Park lions: here.