Rodrigues retracts his previous statement and confirms that reports of Jericho’s death were a case of mistaken identity. As proof of life, Oxford University tweets photo of Jericho taken by researcher Stapelkamp:
It is feared that Jericho, brother of Cecil the Lion, has been shot dead by poachers in Zimbabwe. Rodrigues, Chairman for Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, says:
It is with great sadness and regret that we report that Jericho was shot dead at 4pm this afternoon. We are absolutely heartbroken. We have no further details but will advise as soon as we know more.
However later reports indicate that the GPS on the lion is still moving, leading others to believe that a different lion has been killed.