A professional hunter was charged today in Zimbabwe for failing to prevent the unlawful killing of Cecil the lion, whose death has caused widespread revulsion.
Theo Bronkhorst pleaded not guilty to "failing to supervise, control and take reasonable steps to prevent an unlawful hunt" in Hwange court and was bailed for $1,000 and ordered to surrender his passport.
He is due to return on August 5 for trial. If found guilty, he could be find $20,000 or jailed for up to 10 years.
American dentist, Walter James Palmer, who paid $50,000 to kill the oldest and most famous lion in Zimbabwe, said in a statement that he believed the hunt was legal.
Parks officials said that game park owner Honest Ndlovu, who is also accused of assisting Palmer, will first testify for the state before being charged.
American philanthropists have pledged to match new donations up to $100,000 to the research team who had been tracking Cecil since 2008.
Dozens of protesters gathered outside the practice of a suburban Minneapolis dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe.
A host of celebrities have taken to social media to speak out on the killing of well-known lion Cecil in Zimbabwe by a US dentist.