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Poachers Use Cyanide to Kill 5 Elephants

Officials suspect team of about 5 poachers

(Newser) - Zimbabwean officials say poachers killed five elephants by poisoning them with cyanide, the AP reports. Violet Makoto, spokeswoman for Zimbabwe's forestry commission, said Monday that rangers discovered the carcasses of the elephants with their tusks removed in a western forest last week. Makoto says the poison was laced on... More »

Body, Cash Found on US Jet Impounded in Zimbabwe

Apparent stowaway's arm severed, blood spattered across fuselage

(Newser) - Zimbabwean aviation authorities impounded a US-registered cargo jet, a senior official said Monday, after a body later believed to be a stowaway and millions of South African rand were found on board Sunday. The Herald, a state-run newspaper, reported that the MD-11 trijet was traveling from Germany to South Africa... More »

Safari Raffle Riles Activists for Animal Rights

Bubye Valley Conservancy raffles off a lion hunt

(Newser) - A safari company has upset animal-rights activists by launching a "full lion trophy hunt" raffle —mere months after Cecil the lion's killing attracted worldwide attention, Sky News reports. Tickets for the Bubye Valley Conservancy raffle in Zimbabwe cost $1,500 each , with the winner getting the aforementioned... More »

'Mister Ugly' Gets Really Ugly Amid Shoving, Alleged Cheating

The darnedest things can stoke controversy, like a contest to be the ugliest

(Newser) - Pageant judges have crowned a new winner of Zimbabwe's 4th annual "Mister Ugly" contest, upsetting supporters of the crowd favorite and prompting rioting. Judges on Saturday chose 42-year-old Milton Sere, citing his numerous missing front teeth and a wide range of grotesque facial expressions, over William Masvinu, who... More »

Biggest Elephant Seen in Decades Killed by Hunter

Another 40 were killed with cyanide in Zimbabwe

(Newser) - A disturbing number of elephants have been killed in Zimbabwe in recent weeks, including the biggest one seen in decades. An enormous bull elephant was killed on Oct. 8 just outside a national park by a German hunter who had paid $60,000 for a permit, the Telegraph reports. (The... More »

Zimbabwe: No Charges for Cecil's Killer

Walter Palmer's 'papers were in order,' says environment minister

(Newser) - Good news for Walter Palmer: Zimbabwe announced Monday that the Minnesota dentist won't face charges for killing its most famous big cat, Cecil. "We approached the police and then the Prosecutor General, and it turned out that (Walter) Palmer came to Zimbabwe because all the papers were in... More »

91-Year-Old President's Wits Questioned After Speech Mixup

Opponents say snafu proves Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe should resign

(Newser) - Robert Mugabe, the 91-year-old president of Zimbabwe, accidentally delivered the wrong 25-minute speech during the opening of the country's parliament today, and no one said anything, Reuters reports. It was the same speech regarding Zimbabwe's struggling economy Mugabe, who's ruled the country since it was recognized 35... More »

Safari Guide Killed by Lion in Cecil's Park

Quinn Swales was leading photographic walking safari in Hwange National Park

(Newser) - A lion charged and killed a safari guide who was leading a group of tourists in the same national park in Zimbabwe that was the home of Cecil the lion , who was killed by a bowhunter in July. Police rep Charity Charamba said today that Quinn Swales was in Hwange... More »

Zimbabwe Tells Britain: Give Us Our Skulls Back

Robert Mugabe says Brits are keeping human skulls as war trophies

(Newser) - Zimbabwe's president is demanding the return of "decapitated heads" of warriors killed during "the first chimurenga," an uprising against British colonizers at the end of the 19th century, reports the Telegraph . The skulls serve as "war trophies," and keeping them "must rank among... More »

Why I'm Glad Cecil the Lion Is Dead

Goodwell Nzou says Cecil wasn't 'beloved,' he was a terror

(Newser) - Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer may regret killing Cecil the Lion during an apparently illegal hunt in Zimbabwe, but at least one person is relieved there's one less lion on the prowl. Goodwell Nzou, a Zimbabwe native studying in the US, says he had no idea who Cecil was when... More »

American Gynecologist Accused of Illegal Lion Hunting

He's Jan Casmir Sieski of Pittsburgh

(Newser) - Not again: Another American has been accused of illegally hunting wildlife in Zimbabwe. Officials there say in a press release that Jan Casmir Sieski of Murrysville, Pa., joined a hunt in April near Hwange National Park, where an American dentist recently coaxed out and killed a famous lion . The New ... More »

It's OK: Cecil's Pal Is Alive

Zimbabwe confirms reports of Jericho's demise were greatly exaggerated

(Newser) - Wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe today 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. The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority released a photograph of the lion named Jericho that it said was... More »

Cecil the Lion's Brother Feared Dead; Reports Are Conflicting

Park says Jericho was killed, but researcher says his GPS movements are normal

(Newser) - Those outraged by the death of Cecil the lion have one big question today: How's Jericho? That would be Cecil's brother, and there's conflicting reports about his well-being. A senior official with Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe tells CNN that he was shot dead by an illegal... More »

Zimbabwe Wants Palmer Extradited for Killing Lion

But certain circumstances need to be met for Walter Palmer's extradition

(Newser) - Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who has incited the ire of people around the world for killing Cecil the lion , may soon be making a return trip to Africa if Zimbabwe has its say. The Zimbabwean environment minister said today that the country is seeking Palmer's extradition "so... More »

White House Must Respond to Lion-Killer Petition

Meanwhile, US Fish & Wildlife Service can't find Walter Palmer

(Newser) - A WhiteHouse.gov petition clamoring for the extradition of lion-killer Walter Palmer to Zimbabwe has passed the all-important threshold of 100,000 signatures. What the upward of 150,000 people to have signed it want: "We urge the Secretary Of State John Kerry and the Attorney General Loretta Lynch... More »

Experts: Cecil's Death Could Doom 10 Lion Cubs

Dead lion's cubs are now vulnerable to infanticide from nearby male lions

(Newser) - The death of Zimbabwe's beloved lion Cecil , killed by Minnesota dentist Dr. Walter Palmer , could spark a "cascade of effects" that ultimately result in the deaths of 10 cubs in Cecil's pride. So say University of Oxford conservation experts who've been tracking one of the continent'... More »

How Cecil the Lion Was Lured to His Death

And the fate the men who killed him face

(Newser) - It's the dawn of a new, uncomfortable day for Dr. Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who achieved infamy yesterday when it was revealed he was the hunter who felled the beloved lion Cecil in Zimbabwe. The New York Times and Washington Post today have more on how Palmer and... More »

American Dentist Paid $55K to Lure, Kill Lion: Report

Walter Palmer identified as hunter who killed Zimbabwe's Cecil

(Newser) - The search for the hunter who killed Cecil, Zimbabwe's most famous lion, may be over. The Telegraph says two sources IDed the man as Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, and the Independent says the chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has confirmed that. Palmer, who's believed to... More »

Man May Have Paid $55K to Kill Africa's Most Famous Lion

Spaniard sought in killing of Cecil

(Newser) - Months after Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe came under fire for exporting 23 elephant calves to China ( National Geographic has published undercover photos), the park is again mired in controversy—this time after a hunter skinned and beheaded Africa's most famous lion, 13-year-old Cecil. The lion was wearing... More »

Zimbabwe Exchange Rate: $35 Quadrillion to US Dollar

Country getting ready to kill off currency

(Newser) - If you happen to have a spare few thousand trillion Zimbabwean dollars lying around the house, now is the time to cash them in. The country is finally killing off the hyperinflated currency it stopped printing in 2009 and is offering $5 US to people with up to 175 quadrillion—... More »

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