West African proverb.
Cecil was a beautiful lion. He was majestic and an ideal model of an apex (top) predator. That was his problem. He was beautiful. People came from all over the world to look at him and his pride (family). Cecil didn't mind. For 13 years he had lived in an area where hunting was not allowed.
It is difficult to imagine why someone would kill Cecil even to the point of using illegal means to tempt him out of his protective domain. It is also difficult to understand the way he was killed or the possibility that the cubs he fathered may also die. But what is the most difficult part is knowing that this is happening all over the world as wild animals are killed so that someone can stuff them or hang their heads on a wall.
This story is filled with facts about lions (Panthera leo). Perhaps when you are done reading you might want to express yourself. A partial list of wildlife organizations are listed at the end of the story.
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