Cecil’s Pride and Joy: A Tribute to Him and the African Plains

Magical. That is the one word I would use to describe the African Plains. This amazing ecosystem became a passion of mine after watching Disney’s “The Lion King” in the movie theater back when I was a kid. Since then, I have watched hundreds of documentaries on lion prides, how these big cats survive, what their social network is like, how the lionesses work together as a team, how the male protects his pride and cubs, and what their calls of communication to each other mean. I was and am still intrigued about how the male cubs are banished from the pride when they enter adulthood, but not before being taught the skills they need in order to survive in the wild.

This ecosystem should be cherished. Hunters who pay thousands of dollars to lure lions out of their protected areas need to stop. There is no excuse for taking a king lion out of his territory, shooting him in cold blood, and then watch him suffer a slow and painful death .

The recent killing of Cecil was done without thought as to how this act would affect not just the lion pride, but the entire ecosystem within the preserve. Every single living creature has its purpose. Leave nature and the circle of life alone. As humans, we are supposed to protect the universe and all of its creations. It is not our place to decide who lives and who dies.

That being said, I’m a believer that something positive happens from a negative experience, even if it seems small. In this case, I hope people become better educated about the importance of the ecosystem and how every action causes a reaction.

Trophy hunting does not have a place in this universe. We are to respect the magnificent and majestic places that exist, and respect Mother Nature. Maybe then, Mother Nature will respect us back.

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