Cecil the Lion’s brother, Jericho, is alive despite conflicting reports

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Cecil's brother, Jericho, was seen alive Sunday.

HARARE, Zimbabwe  — Zimbabwe wildlife authorities have dismissed a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a well-known lion killed by an American hunter in early July.

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 says 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.

The Facebook page of a group called the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Saturday that Jericho was killed.  But Sunday they said it was a case of mistaken identity.

Jericho the lion seen in this photo Sunday, alive and well.   COURTESY: Brent Stapelkamp

Jericho the lion seen in this photo Sunday, alive and well. COURTESY: Brent Stapelkamp

Cecil’s killing earlier this month sparked an international outcry. Zimbabwean authorities called it an illegal hunt.

Stapelkamp said Cecil and Jericho oversaw two prides together.

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