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Cecil the Lion's Home: Tour Guide Killed in Hwange National Park

A tourist guide was killed on Tuesday by a lion in a pride he was tracking in Hwange National Park, the home of the slain Cecil.
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HARARE, Zimbabwe — A tourist guide was killed by lion in a pride he was tracking Tuesday in Hwange National Park, the home of the slain Cecil the lion.

Cecil, a rare black-maned lion, was shot with a crossbow and killed last month by American dentist Walter Palmer. His death was met with global outrage and triggered a backlash against Africa's lucrative hunting industry.

Image: Cecil the lion in 2012
Cecil the lion in 2012.AFP Getty Images File

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) said that professional guide Quinn Swales was on a walking safari with six foreign tourists on Tuesday when he was attacked by a male lion wearing a GPS collar.

"He spotted fresh lion spoor and decided to track a pride of lions consisting two females, two cubs and two males. One of the lions known as Nxaha was collared," the parks agency said in a statement.

"It is further revealed that Nxaha jumped out at Quinn. All efforts to save Quinn were in vain," the statement added.

Police are investigating the case but it was not immediately clear whether Swales was armed. None of the tourists were injured.

Image: Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park
An entrace to Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.PHILIMON BULAWAYO / Reuters

Cases of people killed by wild animals in and around Zimbabwe's national parks often go unreported, and in the past, some lions that have killed humans have been shot.

ZPWMA spokeswoman Caroline Washaya-Moyo said no decision had been made on whether Nxaha should be shot or not.

Zimbabwe has charged two men in connection with the killing of Cecil, who was fitted with a GPS collar as part of an Oxford University study, and was lured from Hwange and shot by Palmer.

Zimbabwe wants Palmer, 55, extradited from the United States to face trial.