Why is this news? For the simple reason that the death of Cecil, has created the scenario of natural law in lion society: when a male dies and his weakened coalition is usurped, the new incoming males kill their predecessors' cubs. With Jericho standing guard, the cubs should be fine.
If Jericho's dies, it may lead to a cascade of death in the lion community.
Why is this so important: simply because these majestic animals are rapidly decreasing. An estimated 30% to 50% decline in 20 years in the last half of the 20th century. Primary causes of the decline include disease, and human interference. Habitat loss and conflicts with humans are considered the most significant threats to the species.
- Defenders Of Wildlife: Lion
- CNN: I never met Cecil...
- Daily Mail: saved for now...
- UPDATE: Zimbabwe Wildlife Coalition Taskforce statment:
- Oxford University Department of Zoology/WildCRU: click here
further updates will be posted here.