Zimbabwe bans lion hunting in Hwange

There will also be a temporary ban on hunting of leopards and elephants in areas bordering Hwange.

This handout picture taken in October 2012 and released on 28 July 2015 by the Zimbabwe National Parks agency shows the much-loved Zimbabwean lion called Cecil, who was shot and killed outside the Hwange National Park this month by a US dentist. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - In the wake of the killing of Cecil the Lion, Zimabwean authorities have announced an immediate ban on lion hunting in Hwange.

Cecil was killed early last month and the outrage over his death shows no signs of abating.

This temporary ban is on line hunting in areas outside of Hwange National Park.

Hunting is not allowed within the park, but what happened in Cecil's case is that he was lured outside the park and then shot and killed.

A statement from the director general of national parks Edson Chidziya says there will also be a temporary ban on hunting of leopards and elephants in areas bordering Hwange.

American dentist Walter Palmer reportedly wanted to hunt an elephant after killing Cecil.

Chidziya says the state parks authority has also suspended hunting with a bow except on special conditions.