Hunting Tourism Gone Wrong? Case: Lion “Hunting” In Africa


Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 24 hours and haven’t checked your Facebook feed or watched the TV news, you probably know about this US dentist that thought that it was a good idea to go lion “hunting” in Zimbabwe.


Apparently these “hunters” had lured the beloved lion “Cecil” outside of the national park to a place where this dentist wounded the animal. They found Cecil dead the following day, beheaded and skinned too.

You can read more about this incident on the Guardian’s website here, on the Telegraph’s here and on CNN here.

Here’s an excerpt from the Telegraph:

Cecil the lion – the most famous creature in one of Zimbabwe’s national parks – was killed by an American hunter who has boasted about shooting a menagerie of animals with his bow and arrow, The Telegraph can reveal.

Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, is believed to have paid £35,000 to shoot and kill the much-loved lion with a bow and arrow. The animal was shot on July 1 in Hwange National Park. Two independent sources have confirmed the hunter’s identity to the paper, which has also seen a copy of the relevant hunting permit.

Conservation groups in Zimbabwe reacted angrily to the news that the 13-year-old animal had been killed: partly because the lion was known to visitors and seemingly enjoyed human contact, and partly because of the way in which he was killed. He was lured out of the national park and shot.


It seems that this “dentist” have had some confusion on his prior “hunting” trips as well. He was fined in the United States for killing a bear and falsifying where the killing had taken place.

It really is difficult for me to understand what kind of satisfaction someone would get for killing a lion or other big game and then probably hanging it’s head or skin on the wall among other hunting “trophies”?

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