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Cecil’s Shadow Haunts Africa’s Captive Lions

The slaying of Cecil, a protected Zimbabwean lion, sparked outrage and debate around the world. But on the annual celebration of World Lion Day, held August 10, animal rights campaigners are using Cecil’s story to illustrate what they say is a tragic truth: Cecil was one of the lucky ones. During his 13-year life, the majestic black-maned Cecil roamed free in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, running a pride and fathering eight cubs. That sort of life was becoming increasingly rare...

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