Safari guide killed by lion in Zimbabwe

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A giraffe is seen Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 in the Hwange National Park where Cecil the Lion was killed about 700 kilometres south west of Harare, Zimbabwe. Professional hunter Theodore Bronkhorst appeared in court Wednesday and was charged with failure to prevent the hunt by American dentist Walter James Palmer which resulted in the killing of Cecil the lion, had his case postponed to September 28 2015. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A lion named Tommy is seen Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 in the Hwange National Park where Cecil the Lion was killed about 700 kilometres south west of Harare, Zimbabwe. Professional hunter Theodore Bronkhorst appeared in court Wednesday and was charged with failure to prevent the hunt by American dentist Walter James Palmer which resulted in the killing of Cecil the lion, had his case postponed to September 28 2015. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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The sun rises over Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe in May, 1997. The 9,000-square-mile park is just one of the 11 national parks in Zimbabwe, but is considered the showcase for animal viewing. (AP Photo/Samuel Shelanski)
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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A lion charged and killed a safari guide who was leading a group of tourists in the same national park in Zimbabwe that was the home of Cecil the lion who was killed by a bow hunter in July.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said Tuesday that Quinn Swales was in Hwange National Park when he spotted six lions on Monday.

"One of the lions had cubs and they became hostile. Mr. Swales at first manage to scare the lions away but then the male lion later made a U-turn and attacked him," Charamba told The Associated Press. None of the tourists was harmed, she said.

It is with deep regret and great sadness that we are able to confirm the death of Quinn Swales, a Camp Hwange...

Posted by Camp Hwange on Monday, August 24, 2015


Swales was leading six tourists on a walking safari when he spotted fresh lion spoor and decided to track a pride of lions consisting of two females, two cubs and two males, according to the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.

The collared lion, named Nxaha, attacked Swales, the parks authority said.

Cecil's killing in July by American dentist James Walter Palmer just outside the park sparked outrage in the United States. The collared lions are being monitored for an Oxford University study.

Camp Hwange, the safari company that employed Swales, said the 40-year-old guide succumbed to the injuries on the same day he was attacked.

"He was tracking lions when a male lion unexpectedly charged," said Camp Hwange in the statement issued Monday, adding that Swales was leading a photographic walking safari when he was attacked.

Camp Hwange's Facebook page says it offers game drives and game walks where "game likely to be encountered include all of the cat family, wild dog, elephants and buffalo in huge numbers."

The parks authority said a man who sells curios to tourists was killed by an elephant in the resort town of Victoria Falls, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Hwange, also on Monday.

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