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                                                                                                                         July 2015   
TravelSpotlightFROM THE DESK OF PRISCILLA    
Cecil 

Honor Cecil - Don't Let Lions Disappear Forever 

 

Most of you are likely aware of the story of an American man killing an iconic male lion whose territory has been in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. You may not be aware that lion populations are dwindling at an alarming rate across Africa.

Many of you have been to Hwange, and a fair number of you have actually seen Cecil (especially those who have stayed at The Hide and Somalisa). He was a beautiful lion in his prime, unafraid of vehicles, and sightings of him provided safari goers with great delight.
Cecil was collared and had been studied by scientists from Oxford University since 2008. Without his protection, Cecil's pride (and his cubs) are in great danger and the impact of his death will ripple through generations of future lions.   

 

According to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, Cecil was lured out the national park with food, shot with a crossbow, tracked for 40 more hours, then finished off with a gun, making this not only a sad and senseless killing but an illegal act. This has been taken to the courts and Cecil's head and skin are being processed as evidence.

 

It is beyond our understand how, in this day and age, with the population of lion being seriously threatened, an individual would pay to hunt and kill such a beautiful creature in order to mount it's head on a wall.


Help us turn this sad act of greed and ego into good!

  

Act now to stop illegal trophy hunting & help local conservation efforts:  

 

Save the Lions- In Memory of Cecil is a crowd funding effort that will donate 100% of any monies received directly to WildCru, the group who tagged Cecil and other lions, tracking their activities in Hwange National Park. 

   

We also urge you to sign the following petitions: 

Demand Justice for Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe   


Facts:


Did you realize that lions are considered regionally extinct in 7 African countries. It's true. Yet lions are not even listed under the Endangered Species Act. How can this be? According to change.org, "we've lost more than 80-90% of the world's lion population in recent decades due to massive habitat loss, disease, trophy hunters and the exotic animal trade. Two thirds of lion trophies have ended up in the United States over the last ten years! If listed as endangered, hunters will no longer be able to bring lion trophies into the US therefore saving a large number of the lion population." Learn more about the decline of the lion population here.  

 

Our friend Beks, CEO of African Bush Camps, sums it up: "the tourism operators in Hwange National Park, as well as the majority of the Zimbabwean population, are extremely passionate about the wildlife that we have worked hard to protect and continue to do so to ensure the long term conservation of not only our National Parks but their surrounding vulnerable wilderness areas. In my personal capacity as CEO of the African Bush Camps group of companies I strongly object and vehemently disagree with the legalizing and practice of hunting lions in any given area. I will personally be encouraging Zimbabwe National Parks and engaging with Government Officials to STOP THE KILLING of LIONS and with immediate effect."

  

Join us at Global Sojourns in the fight to stop trophy hunting of lions. This is the time to save and support, not snuff out life!



Priscilla Macy   
Founder, Global Sojourns 
Global Sojourns customizes itineraries for individuals and small groups to Africa and around the globe. Through a commitment to responsible tourism and relationships with local experts, we provide you with trips that balance outdoor adventures with cultural insights and authentic interactions with local people. We are passionate about our work and provide you with fun, meaningful and memorable travel experiences.