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