It has been two years since Cecil the lion was killed by a trophy hunter in Zimbabwe, prompting global outrage, reports are now suggesting that his son may have met a similar end.
Xanda, a six-year-old lion with several young cubs, was reportedly shot on a trophy hunt. He is said to have died outside Hwange National Park in northern Zimbabwe.
The lion had been fitted with an electronic monitoring device by Oxford University researchers.
According to a report from the BBC’s African corresponded Andrew Harding, at age six Xanda was old enough to be legally targeted by big game hunters.
Such individuals pay thousands every year for the disgusting practice, which also controversially pays for funding the staff who protect other wildlife in the National Park.
It has not yet been revealed who killed Xanda, the BBC say “a professional hunter is said to have reported the death to the authorities and returned the lion’s collar”.
This killing comes two years after dentist Walter James Palmer, from Minnesota in the US, sparked an international outcry by killing Cecil, a 13-year-old lion who was a major tourist attraction in the area.
Mr Palmer had paid $50,000 (£32,000) to hunt a lion in Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve. Cecil the lion was found beheaded and skinned.