Lion researchers at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park reported earlier this month that that the carcass of a 12-year-old male lion named Jericho was found under a bush and that the animal likely died of natural causes four days prior to his discovery. The Hwange Lion Research Project says Jericho was old for a male lion living in the wild.
Jericho and Cecil oversaw two lion prides together but were not related. Both lions were outfitted with GPS collars.
Cecil was killed last year by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer. Palmer allegedly lured the lion outside of Hwange Park by using an animal carcass as bait.