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Cecil the lion: Britain writes to Zimbabwe



Britain has offered to help Zimbabwe to end poaching following the killing of the iconic Cecil the lion near the Hwange National Park early this month.


According to the Guardian newspaper, Foreign Office minister Grant Shapps wrote to Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri asking what more could be done to stop poaching.

Sharps reportedly described Cecil as ‘an icon of the wildlife world.’

“I was distressed to read media reports about Cecil the lion being illegally killed by hunters in Zimbabwe earlier this month, as I am sure were you,” he wrote.

“It is clear that we share an ambition to secure the protection of threatened species, and in working towards an end to poaching and other illegal practices.

“I would welcome your thoughts on how we could work more closely together to help achieve our shared objectives on this issue.”

Cecil, a 13 year-old collared lion lured to Antonitte Farm in the Gwayi area before it was killed with a bow and arrow by American dentist Walter Palmer.

Theo Bronkhorst (52) of Bushman Safaris was on Wednesday given $1000 bail for helping Palmer kill the lion and the owner of the farm, Trymore Honest Ndlovu was expected in court on Thursday on charges of allowing an illegal hunt on his property.

Palmer has received worldwide condemnation for the brutal slaying of the lion and reignited debate on trophy hunting.

Cecil was popular with tourists and was an integral part of a research to help protect lions from extinction.

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