Xanda had been wearing a monitoring collar that allowed researchers to track his movements. Within the park, hunting him would have been illegal, but in recent months, and at the time of his shooting, Xanda and his pride had been wandering outside of the protected zone.
Researcher Andrew Loveridge, speaking to the Telegraph, described the hunt as "all within the stipulated regulations."
While Xanda's killing may have been legal, reports of his death are being met with reactions similar to those surrounding the death of his father. Yet, despite the backlash faced by Cecil's killer, American dentist Walter Palmer, wealthy hunters continue to pay tens of thousands of dollars for the opportunity to shoot iconic animals in Africa.