10 Stories Highlighting the Horrors of the Trophy Hunting Industry

10 Stories Highlighting the Horrors of the Trophy Hunting Industry

In 2015, the killing of Cecil the Lion shocked the world. An American trophy hunter paid tens of thousands of dollars to bow-hunt Cecil, a lion being studied by researchers and beloved by wildlife viewing tourists at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Tragically, Cecil did not die right away and spent hours in agony before […]

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Petition: Don’t Allow Trophy Hunter to Bring Home Body of Endangered Sheep

Petition: Don’t Allow Trophy Hunter to Bring Home Body of Endangered Sheep

Cecil the lion became a household name after Minnesota dentist and trophy hunter, Walter Palmer, murdered Cecil in 2015. The news caused international outrage as Cecil was a beloved animal that lured from the protection of the Hwange National Park and then killed. Palmer left Cecil suffering for 12 hours from arrow wounds before authorities […]

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Chinese mining firms in Zimbabwe pose threat to endangered species, say experts

Chinese mining firms in Zimbabwe pose threat to endangered species, say experts

Rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs and other endangered species face a new threat in Zimbabwe’s Hwange national park: Chinese mining companies. Zhongxin Coal Mining Group and Afrochine Smelting have received permission from the government to begin environmental impact assessments for drilling, land clearance, road building and geological surveys at two proposed sites inside the park, which is […]

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Podcast: Five years after the death of Cecil the Lion, trophy hunting debate rages on

Podcast: Five years after the death of Cecil the Lion, trophy hunting debate rages on

On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we take a look at the state of the debate over trophy hunting five years after the killing of Cecil the Lion sparked widespread outrage. Listen here: Last week was the fifth anniversary of the killing of Cecil the Lion, who lived primarily in Hwange National Park in […]

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Petition: Ban Trophy Hunting Around Hwange National Park Where Cecil the Lion Was Killed

Petition: Ban Trophy Hunting Around Hwange National Park Where Cecil the Lion Was Killed

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest national park. For those not familiar with it, they likely heard about it after the tragic death of Cecil the lion. Cecil was being observed by scientists at a conservatory near the park and was a beloved lion. An American dentist paid $50,000 to kill Cecil. His death caused […]

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Zimbabwe Exports Over 30 Wild Caught Baby Elephants to Chinese Zoos

Two months ago, at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference, the export of wild elephants from Africa to zoos. It was a monumental decision expected to protect many elephants from suffering in captivity. Elephants don’t belong in zoos. They belong in the wild in their natural […]

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More than 50 elephants starve to death in Zimbabwe drought

At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe’s biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in search of food and water, authorities say. “The problem is real, the situation is dire,” said National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo. […]

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US to import baby elephants from Zimbabwe despite uproar

US zoos now plan to import baby elephants from Zimbabwe, undeterred by the international furore over their 2016 import of 18 wild elephants from Swaziland. The US Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) media liaison, Rob Vernon, has confirmed “knowledge of a possible (elephant) import by AZA members and others,” but denied knowledge of which […]

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