- Publish Date
- Monday, 3 August 2015, 8:01AM
Despite earlier reports to the contrary, Wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe on Sunday dismissed a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil the Lion.
The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority released a photograph of the lion named Jericho that it said was taken Sunday morning.
A statement from the authority said Jericho "is still alive and being monitored" by Brent Stapelkamp, who is following Jericho's movements with the help of a satellite collar on the lion.
Jericho is currently protecting Cecil's orphaned cubs.
Stapelkamp said Cecil and Jericho oversaw two prides together. The statement from the wildlife authority said the two lions were partners in a "coalition" but were not related.
The Facebook page of a group called the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said on Saturday that Jericho was killed.
Cecil's killing sparked an international outcry with Zimbabwean authorities called it an illegal hunt
Source- NZ Herald