Cecil the lion's death has triggered changes in the safari hunt industry
Post-Gazette.com - In the summer of 2015, social media turned an obscure series of hunting violations into a global cause celebre. The frenzied reporting last August about the killing of a lion was the catalyst behind changes in international laws and trophy transport, African hunting regulations, corporate policies and social awareness that have advanced the protection of African wildlife yet stalled the growth of a conservation model that was taking hold on the continent. “Africa today is an amazing place with beautiful animals. The countries need tourists to help conservation efforts and awareness whether that be by using a camera or managing wildlife [through hunting],” said Joe Coogan, a long-time safari guide and owner of Africa All-Ways, which outfits and conducts safaris in several African countries.
The Last Days of Cecil the Lion
When Cecil, the magnificent, 13-year old, black-mane lion was killed by an American dentist on an illegal trophy bow hunt last year, the world responded with shock and horror. Photographer Brent Stapelkamp, 38, was the last person to fit Cecil with a GPS satellite collar and to photograph him, just a month before he was killed.
Killing of Cecil the lion could ultimately help the big cat's cubs and grandcubs
The killing of Cecil the lion by a Minnesota dentist about a year ago created an international uproar, generated passionate debate about big-game hunts and apparently led to a threat against a Dallas safari group. But there could be more to the famed big cat's legacy.