A Safari Guide Killed By A Lion At The Park Where Cecil Died


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In the same national park where Cecil the lion was killed, a safari guide died due to an attack by a lion.

On Monday morning, Quinn Swales led a group of tourist on a safari in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park where he was mauled by a lion.

SEE ALSO: Is Cecil The Lion’s Death Making You Think Twice About Trophy Hunting?

Swales’ company Camp Hwange released a statement on its Facebook page:

Quinn, a fully qualified and experienced Zimbabwe Professional Guide, was leading a group of Camp Hwange guests on a photographic walking safari. He was tracking lions early this morning, when a Male Lion unexpectedly charged. We can confirm that Quinn did everything he could to successfully protect his guests and ensure their safety, and that no guests were injured in the incident. Unfortunately, Quinn passed away this morning as result of the injuries sustained at the scene.

Last month, American dentist Walter Palmer enticed Cecil away from the same park then shot him with an arrow and a bow. Apparently, the lion wasn’t immediately killed. After 40 hours of suffering, Theo Bronkhorst, a professional hunter discovered Cecil and ended his life with a rifle, then beheaded and skinned the lion’s carcass for Palmer to bring home as a trophy, which was taken by the Zimbabwean authorities later as evidence of cruelty.

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The story stirred global outcry against trophy hunting. Especially after Palmer denied any wrongdoing and explained that he was accompanied by a local guide.

As a small safari company, Camp Hwange is best known for walking tours in the park in the northwestern Zimbabwe region. Swales, 40, detected fresh lion trace and decided to trail a lion pride (typically includes about five females and two males and their young.)

It’s unclear which lion in the pride attacked Swales, but The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said one of the lions, Nxaha, wore a tracking collar, just as Cecil did.

For travelers experiencing a safari walking tour, pay attention to where your guide is taking you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, you’re always free to say “I don’t want to go there,” when your gut is telling you that something might seem too dangerous or potentially harmful.

Photo: Facebook/Camp Hwange

Source: CNN. Additional reporting by Jetset Times.

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