The son of the famous Cecil the Lion has been shot dead in Zimbabwe by trophy hunters.
Lions of Hwange National Park said that Xanda was allegedly killed outside the park, two years after his father was killed in 2015.
He was just over six years old and had several young cubs.
Professional hunter Richard Cooke, who runs RC Safaris, handed an electronic collar on Xanda back to researchers.
Andrew Loveridge from Oxford University’s told the Telegraph: ‘I fitted it last October. It was monitored almost daily and we were aware that Xanda and his pride was spending a lot of time out of the park in the last six months, but there is not much we can do about that.
‘Richard Cooke is one of the “good” guys. He is ethical and he returned the collar and communicated what had happened. His hunt was legal and Xanda was over 6 years old so it is all within the stipulated regulations.’
Cecil the Lion lion was killed two years ago by dentist Walter Palmer, sparking international outrage.
His death sparked an unprecedented level of outrage and protest across the world, with people calling for an end to trophy lion hunting.
Lions of Hwange National Park said this afternoon: ‘Today we heard that a few days ago, Xanda, the son of #CecilTheLion has been shot on a trophy hunt by Zimbabwe PH Richard Cooke. Cooke also killed Xanda’s brother in 2015, he was only about 4 years old then.
‘Xanda is still a young father at 6.2 years old and has several young cubs. We can’t believe that now, 2 years since Cecil was killed, that his oldest Cub #Xanda has met the same fate.
When will the Lions of Hwange National Park be left to live out their years as wild born free lions should…?’