Cecil the Lion's son Xanda suffers 'same fate'

Cecil the Lion's son Xanda was killed during trophy hunt in Zimbabwe.
Cecil the Lion's son Xanda was killed during trophy hunt in Zimbabwe. Photo credit: Fish Eagle Safaris USA

The son of the famous Cecil the lion, who died at the hands of a trophy hunter, has suffered the "same fate".

Officials have confirmed six-year-old Xanda has been fatally shot just outside the Hwange National Park in north-west Zimbabwe.

It's not far from the scene of where his father was killed in 2015.

Researchers discovered his death by monitoring an electronic collar fitted around his neck. When professional hunter Richard Cooke discovered the collar he handed it back to researchers.

Andrew Loveridge from the Department of Zoology at Oxford University, who had been supplying the collars told the BBC Mr 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."

Mr Cooke was not the shooter, one of his clients was. It is believed the client may have paid close to $50,000 to go on the hunt.

Xanda's pride had been spending considerable time outside the park, where he was shot, an area where hunting is not illegal.

The Lions of Hwange National Park Facebook page has questioned why the lions can't "be left to live out their years as wild born lions should".