Killing a lion like Kakori is upsetting enough, but it’s also disruptive to the lion’s entire family, the tour operator explained.
“The females who are either impregnated or have cubs are then running out into the community areas, where they’re trying to hide their cubs from a new male coming in, who will kill the cubs,” the tour operator said. “Sometimes they’re lured by … cattle, which is easy prey, and than they become problem animals and they get shot. So you can see the spiral effect. When you take out one male lion … there’s huge devastation done.”
Kakori was killed “legally” with a hunting permit issued by Zimbabwe Parks and National Wildlife Authority (ZimParks), the governing body that also sets quotas for trophy hunting. But legal or not, hunting doesn’t make sense in a place in Hwange National Park, where lion populations have been steadily decreasing, the tour operator explained.