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BREAKING: Cecil the Lion’s Son Killed in Trophy Hunt

Cecil the lion

Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, pictured shortly before his death. In July 2017, Cecil's son Xanda was also killed during a trophy hunt.

Trophy hunters near Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park killed one of Cecil the lion’s sons. Xanda, a 6-year-old male, met the same fate as his father whose death caused a global movement in 2015.

Africa’s iconic lions have lost 42 percent of their population in just 21 years.

AWF works to conserve viable and ecologically functional populations of lions in their natural environments. This is done by working with wildlife authorities to strengthen protection and management of parks and reserves where lions live, and also by working with local communities beyond park boundaries to create safe wildlife corridors and dispersal areas for lions and other species.

From Tanzania’s Ruaha and Tarangire–Manyara regions to Kenya’s Masai Mara and Samburu regions, we are supporting the protection of many of the continent’s critical lion populations through conflict mitigation, establishment of corridors, and raising awareness of the plight of the lion.

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About the Author

Gayane is AWF's Digital and Partner Marketing Manager. She oversees online fundraising, social media marketing and affiliate relationships. Gayane is passionate about communicating the message of conservation through new tools and technologies and finding ways to make information easily accessible. She is a graduate of the University of Florida.

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