Organiser behind Cecil the Lion hunt to face trial

The professional Zimbabwean hunter who led the illegal hunt of Cecil the lion is due to stand trial today.

Theo Bronkhorst, who runs a safari company, allegedly lured the 13-year-old lion away from Hwange National Park with an animal carcass before he was shot by American dentist Walter Palmer.

Bronkhorst has denied any wrongdoing, and have claimed he was unaware that Cecil had been collared and protected as part of a long-term conservation study being overseen by Oxford University.


The illegal killing of a lion is punishable by a mandatory fine of $20,000 and up to 10 years behind bars under the country’s laws.

NBC reports A Zimbabwean government minister said they are also looking into seeking extradition for 55-year-old Palmer.