UPDATE: Walter Palmer has publically acknowledged he killed Cecil The Lion. Click here for more details.
The 13-year-old lion, lovingly referred to as Cecil The Lion, was the main attraction for Zimbabwe’s majestic Hwange National Park. A carcass of a decapitated and skinned lion was found earlier this July, and the park rangers revealed that it was the body of Cecil. The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force released a statement explaining that hunters had lured the lion outside of of the protected zone of the national park using bait.
The ZCTF named Walter Palmer — a Minnesotan dentist — as the man who shot and killed Cecil The Lion. Zimbabwean police have confirmed that Dr. Palmer may be facing poaching charges. His guides have since been arrested and they are due in court, facing a 15-year sentence if found guilty of poaching.