Cecil the Lion’s Son Xanda Killed by Trophy Hunters in Zimbabwe

The son of Cecil the lion – the beloved big cat whose death at the hands of an American trophy hunter triggered widespread outrage two summers ago – has been killed as well, according to officials at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.It is understood that Xandu, who was just six-years-old and father to a number of cubs, was killed outside the Lions of Hwange National Park.Richard Cooke, who runs RC Safaris, discovered the dead lion and handed his electronic collar back to researchers.”It was monitored nearly daily and we were aware that Xanda and his pride was spending a lot of time out of the park in the last six months, but there is not much we can do about that”, Andrew Loveridge, of the Department of Zoology at Oxford University, told The Telegraph. “It was monitored nearly daily and we were aware that Xanda and his pride was spending a lot of time out of the park in the last six months, but there is not much we can do about that”, Loveridge told the Daily Telegraph.A pamphlet showing an image of Cecil the lion, is held at a vigil in central London on July 30, 2016. The Washington Post reports that Cooke himself didn’t killed Xanda, a client did.The news comes less than a year after Cecil’s brother, Jericho, was found dead in the same park that his brother died.Adding, “Richard Cooke is one of the ‘good” guys.As those who followed the heartbreaking story of Cecil The Lion know, he was slayed in 2015 by American trophy-hunter Walter Palmer – a dentist from Minnesota who paid tens of thousands to shoot Cecil.Xanda, a six-year-old lion with several young cubs, was reportedly shot on a trophy hunt. He is ethical and he returned the collar and communicated what had happened.Walter Palmer allegedly paid 50,000 dollars (£31,900) to track and shoot the animal, but claimed he was unaware the lion was protected and had relied on his local guide to ensure the hunt was legal. Palmer had a permit and was not charged with any crime.He said he wanted a 5km no-hunting zone put in place around the Hwange National Park, to protect the lions that roam outside park.