Cecil the lion was popular with visitors to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe who were fascinated by his unusual black mane

 Cecil was a lion in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. He was killed on 1 July 2015, at the age of thirteen. Cecil had been studied by scientists from Oxford University as part of a scientific project that has run since 1999. According to the conservationists, Cecil was wearing a GPS collar to track his movements. As a result of papers published from the study, Cecil had become a tourist attraction for visitors to the park.

In July 2015, an American big game hunter paid US$55,000 (£35,000) to a professional hunter to enable him to kill a lion. Cecil was allegedly lured off the protected park site, wounded with a bow and arrow, stalked for 40 hours, and then finally shot.

The American had returned to the United States, where global media and social media reaction has resulted in more than 265,000 people signing online petition "Justice for Cecil", which calls on Zimbabwe's government to stop issuing hunting permits for endangered animals. According to the IUCN Red List, lions are listed as "vulnerable."

And Cecil wasn't the only lion to suffer. If a male lion dies, the new pride leader will often kill any youngsters, so it's likely that Cecil's six cubs were killed as well.

This is the last known photograph of Cecil the lion (bottom) taken by Brent Stapelkamp before he was killed by the American dentist. Cecil is pictured with Jericho, a male lion who it is feared could kill the cubs of the pride fathered by Cecil 

VIDEO Cecil the Lion filmed playing with family

Visitors shot Cecil ... With A Camera!

Responses to "Amazing Images Show Majestic Cecil The Lion With His Family Before Death"

  1. Unknown says:

    pisses me off on how any human could kill any animal in cold blood like that . but thats me

  2. Anonymous says:

    The man who shot and killed him should not rest a day in his life for it. Wildlife must live in fear everyday because of mankind so it would be justified that he live with those fears. And just because you have the money and no laws stop you does not mean you should do it. It is morally wrong.

  3. Unknown says:

    The stupid p.o.s should forfeit ALL income for the next 100 years for the medical care, feeding shelter and research.....just a small form of retribution for all the years of damage he will have caused for this senseless selfish act

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Dentist shot him at close range as they shined a spot light in the lion's face. And they didn't see the GPS collar with transmitter ? I hope this murderer never has peace in his life again.

  5. Anonymous says:

    hang that dr now he is a useless waste of flesh

  6. Anonymous says:

    So when can we hunt this shooter and persons responsible? I truly hope KARMA BITES YOU SOON. YOUR DAY WILL COME!!!!!

  7. Linda Wolf says:

    Such a tragedy! I hope he pays for what he has done! He should be ashamed!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    i am so angry at such devasatation this man has caused by such an evil act i hope that karma hits him so hard he will wonder how he keeps breathing on this planet i hope he rots in the gates of hell for this shocking act Val of Peth West Oz an animal supporter of ifaw

  9. Unknown says:

    Beautiful lion!

  10. I'm afraid this dentist has just signed his own death sentence ,Karma comes to mind.

  11. Unknown says:

    Such a horrific tragedy... this beautiful animal should not have been lured out of his protected area, he was taunted with the carcass of a dead animal.... Cecil did what animals do... for this he was shot, mutilated, and will never roam free again... I pray this outrage will open the eyes of many...<3

  12. mrlynn says:

    Despicable that anyone could do such a thing.....the anguish some of us feel is could this man not see the collar ???? as usual in these's inhumanity to God's creation, MAN goes on....and his inhumanity to God's precious creatures lives on with ...SELFISH.....hateful....GREED.....he needs our prayers....he needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law......God's Vengeance will follow.....

  13. I have cried, felt ever so saddened, anger, vengeful, now I just want to know #whereiscecil. Someone knows where they have the rest of him is and that he is not in the hands of the poachers that killed him. He should be with the people who loved him.

  14. The Team says:

    Well, that P.O S doesn´t care one bit about what he did. Sent a bloody apology message regarding his dentistry practice and will be back in operation soon. Not a single sorry for killing that beautiful animal. Not just Cecil but the other animals he has hunted down all these years Just goes to show what type of a human being he is. You deserve what ever come to you and I will not feel sorry. If he doesn´t get charged I am sure the public will not leave him in peace.

  15. Anonymous says:

    He is not sorry. This was his second lion kill. He has also murdered a white rhino- the most endangered species on the planet. He is garbage. I hope there is a speeding bus out there with his name on it.

  16. Cecil was a truly magnificent spirit. He deserved to live a long long life, and hopefully his cubs WILL survive to carry on his legacy. Such a tragic event.

  17. Anonymous says:

    That excuse for a human being didn't just kill Cecil, a most beautiful and unusual lion with a black mane which i am sure was his reason for luring Cecil out of protective land to cold bloodedly murder him. There is a video of Cecil and his family that is so beautiful to watch. He is nuzzling his mate and playing with his cubs. People must be educated . Animals are not just things. They have feelings and families just as we do.That creature didn't just kill Cecil, he killed his family as well. I hope he rots in hell!!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    One in twenty-five people on the planet are born Sociopaths. They are not capable of compassion or love and have no conscience. Perhaps the dentist is one of these. They are responsible for most of the evil done in the world. They live to please themselves alone.

  19. Unknown says:

    A movie video tribute to Cecil :

  20. Anonymous says:

    As we say here ignorance of the law is NO excuse.He knew it was wrong that's why the lion was lured away and then quietly shot with a bow and arrow.Then tracked and killed almost 2 days later.Some people with money think they can do whatever they want and get by with it.He later says he's sorry.Yes sorry that it went viral.He knew when he went there what he was going to do.To bad they can't get him for 1st degree murder because that's what it was!!!

  21. Anonymous says:

    And only if all the anger over a dead lion could be applied to 1.6 million innocent babies who are killed every year.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Your words are so true.... God will have his vengeance at what we do to his precious helpless creations. The millions of souls who's life ended before they could be born just so the SELFISH and GREED of the adults wouldn't be inconvenienced. Yes God will have his vengeance for his precious creations.

  23. Anonymous says:

    The last thing I read about this, Jericho had taken over the pride and none of the cubs were killed.

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