Cape Town — A male lion, who was common with photographers, has been shot by trophy hunters on the outskirts of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, Captured in Africa Foundation announced on their Facebook page.
According to the post, Seduli, a lion who frequented photographic lodges in along with around the national park was killed by hunters on World Lion Day.
The foundation says they had regularly published posts about Seduli along with another male lion, Mopani, who had been photographed together by many international safari visitors over the past few years.
“Despite our previous attempts as a community online to prevent these two males through being hunted, Seduli has unnecessarily lost his life at the hands of hunters along with Mopani right now roams the wilds without his companion,” the post read.
within the heartbreaking Facebook post, a photograph of Seduli was included, along which has a collage of some other lions in which have been killed by trophy hunters within the region over the last 10 years.
According to their website, Captured in Africa was founded by Drew Abrahamson “out of a pure love along with passion for the African bush along which has a particular love for big cats”.
This particular is actually not the very first time a well-known lion has been killed at the Hwange National Park, the largest natural reserve in Zimbabwe.
In 2015, Cecil the lion was killed by Walter Palmer, sparking an international outcry along with greater scrutiny of trophy hunting for the heads, skins, or some other body parts of wild animals.
Lions have declined precipitously within the wild, down through an estimated 0,000 continent-wide a century ago to just over 20,000 today.
Released on August 3, a report entitled “State of the Lion: Fragility of a Flagship Species” by Amy Dickman along with Amy Hinks through the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford, suggests in which wild lions have vanished through 95 percent of their historic range. According to the study, there are only 22,509 wild lions left in Africa.
Tanzania has the highest number of lions at 8,176, followed by South Africa with 2,070 lions, Kenya with 1,825, while Zimbabwe has 1,709 lions to its name,” says part of the report. Mozambique along with Zambia have 1,295 along with 1,095 lions respectively.
Trophy hunting advocates along with some conservationists argue in which fees through hunts support conservation efforts for the big cats, whose main threats are habitat loss, prey depletion, along with greater conflict with humans, says the National Geographic.