Cecil the Lion’s son Xanda has been shot and killed by a trophy hunter in Zimbabwe

Two years after trophy hunters killed his father, Cecil's six-year-old son Xanda, has met the same fate as his father.


Two years after trophy hunters killed his father, Cecil’s six-year-old son Xanda, has met the same fate as his father.

Xanda was reportedly the pride male in a group of lions and had fathered several cubs himself

He was shot and killed after roaming outside the protected area of the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe – very close to where Cecil was killed with a bow and arrow in 2015.

A Facebook group called Friends of Hwange Trust said Xanda had been killed in what is considered to be a legal hunt in the country.

Xanda had been fitted with a collar, which the trophy hunter noticed and handed back to Hwange Lion Research after the kill.

Sadly, because Xanda was over the six years of age (he was 6.2 years old) and outside the park’s boundaries, the kill is considered legal.

Another Facebook group called Lions of the Hwange National Park confirmed the hunters name as Richard Cooke, and explain he also killed Xanda’s brother in 2015 when he was just 4-years-old.

The headless body of Cecil, the 13-year-old star attraction of Zimbabwe’s Hwange national park, was found July 27, 2015 and it is believed he had been lured out of the park, where it would have been illegal to hunt him, using a freshly killed animal as bait – a common technique among hunters can “legally” kill protected lions.

The last movements of the lion were tracked by a GPS collar that was fitted earlier by an Oxford University research team which lead authorities to believe Cecil was shot by a bow and arrow and then tracked for two days before being shot by a rifle.

The iconic big cat’s head and hide were believed to be taken as trophies.

Johnny Rodriguez, head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told The Guardian Cecil’s death represented national heartbreak for the nation and further threatened its protected lion population.

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