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(CNN)Conflicting reports emerged on whether Jericho, the brother of slain Cecil the lion, was also killed Saturday in an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe.
Johnny Rodrigues, head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told CNN that a hunter illegally gunned down Jericho in Hwange National Park.
The task force also reported on its Facebook page that Jericho was killed at 4 p.m. local time.
Later, however, an Oxford University researcher tracking Jericho told CNN that the lion was alive and moving as of 8 p.m. local time Saturday, based on the GPS data from the animal's collar.
The GPS device didn't suggest that Jericho was killed or that anything was out of the ordinary, said Brent Stapelkamp, a field researcher who is part of a team tracking Jericho in Zimbabwe.
David Macdonald, from the same group, referred to Jericho and Cecil as brothers in a statement Thursday. Earlier Saturday, he issued a statement: "Cecil's coalition involved a partnership with another beautiful male, nicknamed Jericho. Jericho is as likely as Cecil to be the father of some of the cubs, so he has a stake in their survival. Right now, Jericho is in good health and he (and the lionesses) will defend the cubs. We have no evidence of any new coalition threatening them so there is a good chance that all will be well."
A second American has been accused of killing a lion during an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe - months before the death of Cecil the lion caused an international outcry.
Jan Casimir Seski, a doctor from Pennsylvania, shot the animal with a bow and arrow in April, according to the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.
originally posted by: zazzafrazz
It is likely that Jericho would have killed Cecils cubs to assume pack leadership.
One of Cecil the lion's cubs has reportedly been killed by a rival male who was trying to mate with his mother. Cecil, a 13-year-old lion who was beloved by visitors and park rangers at his home in Zimbabwe, was killed last month by an American dentist on a hunting trip. The death of one of Cecil's eight cubs has raised fears for his remaining offspring, which could also be targeted by the large predatory male lion. Wildlife guides warn that Cecil's pride has only a five per cent chance of survival after several solitary male lions were spotted prowling near their abandoned den in Hwange National Park, according to the Sunday Mirror. A source told the Mirror: “One of the eight cubs was killed by a male lion after Cecil was killed. “Lions practise infanticide – the male looking to take over and mate with the three lionesses would have crushed the cub’s skull as he looked to stake his claim." The lionesses had tried to protect the cubs but can't fend off the advances of large male lions for long, the source said. Since Cecil's death several large male lions have been heard roaring at night as they attempt to claim his former territory.
Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management officially confirmed Jericho is still alive and well in Hwange National Park. Jericho has been tracked and photographed by Brent this morning. He is absolutely fine. Wild, unsubstantiated claim by ZCTF totally disproved, but unfortunately has caused damage to Zimbabwe’s reputation. CNN and other news agencies should have checked with reliable sources first. This illustrates the good work being done by the WILDCRU team in Hwange — well done Brent
originally posted by: Chrisfishenstein
a reply to: Liquesence
Round up any other family members of Cecil and put them in protective custody asap!
His family is being systematically murdered....It's a conspiracy! Or all about money, one of the two