Exclusive first look at new book and never-before-seen photos of Cecil the lion

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Video Footage of Cecil the Lion Before He Was Killed

From the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of "Owen & Mzee" comes the new book, "Cecil's Pride: The True Story of a Lion King," which tells the incredible true story of Cecil, the legendary lion who was killed by an American dentist earlier this year.

News of the lion's tragic death spread across the globe like wildfire, raising questions to an unprecedented level about our relationship with animals and our planet.

"Cecil's Pride: The True Story of a Lion King," told by Craig Hatkoff, Juliana Hatkoff and Isabella Hatkoff, is a tale of resilience and responsibility and features stunning photos of Cecil and his pride, taken by Zimbabwean photographer, Brent Stapelkamp.

The world knows the story of how Cecil died. This book tells the untold story of how he lived.​

The book comes out April 26, and you can pre-order it here.

Check out some of the incredible photos of Cecil featured in the book here:
Cecil the lion - Exclusive Photos
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Exclusive first look at new book and never-before-seen photos of Cecil the lion
Cecil the real lion king (Photo credit: Brent Stapelkamp)
Unmistakable: Cecil's bold, black mane made him instantly recognizable. (Photo credit: Brent Stapelkamp)
Reflections: Cecil having drink. (Photo credit: Brent Stapelkamp)
Cecil roaming through Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest game reserve. (Photo credit: Brent Stapelkamp)

Jericho: Cecil's former arch-rival. (Photo credit: Brent Stapelkamp) 

Cecil approaching Jericho. (Photo credit: Brent Stapelkamp) 
Cecil and Jericho fight for control of their territory. (Photo credit: Brent Stapelkamp)
As former rivals, no one expected Cecil and Jericho to form an alliance. (Photo credit: Brent Stapelkamp)
Two lionesses lazily enjoying each others company. (Photo credit: Brent Stapelkamp) 
Jericho and cubs: "Wake up dad!” (Photo credit: Brent Stapelkamp) 
"Scratch my belly!” (Photo credit: Brent Stapelkamp)
Two of Cecil's cubs, alive and well. (Photo credit: Brent Stapelkamp)
Cecil and a lioness. (Photo credit: Brent Stapelkamp)
Profile: Cecil (Photo credit: Brent Stapelkamp)
"Cecil's Pride" co-authors: New York Times #1 best selling father-daughter team Craig Hatkoff with Juliana and Isabella. The Hatkoffs have penned a dozen non-fiction picture books for Scholastic about famous animals with remarkable stories including "Owen and Mzee," "Knut the Polar Bear" and "Winter's Tale."
Brent Stapelkamp (Photo credit: Dereck Whalley)

Photographer and lion researcher Brent Stapelkamp is part of the Hwange Lion Project team that tracked and studied Cecil the lion for nine years.

Visit cecil.org​ for more information.


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