Zimbabwe is calling for the extradition of Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who shot and killed Cecil, a beloved Zimbabwe lion.
Oppah Muchinguri, Zimbabwe's environment minister, said at a press conference on Friday that she hoped the U.S. would cooperate and send Palmer, whom she called a "foreign poacher," back to the country.
"One can conclude with confidence that Dr. Palmer, being an American citizen, had a well-orchestrated agenda which would tarnish the image of Zimbabwe and further strain the relationship between Zimbabwe and the USA," she said, according to the BBC.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has already launched its own investigation of Palmer to see if he violated the Lacey Act, a conservation law that governs the import and ownership of illegally killed, transported or sold plants and wildlife.