Lion kills guide in Cecil’s park: Lion Kills Safari Guide

Published: August 26, 2015

Lion kills guide in Cecil’s park: Lion Kills Safari Guide, A professional guide died on the spot after being mauled by a lion on Monday while leading six foreign clients in the Hwange National Park, authorities confirmed.

National Parks spokesperson Caroline Washaya Moyo confirmed the death of Quin Swales, 40.

“We confirm that a 40 year old professional guide was attacked and killed by lions in Hwange National Park. Investigations reveal that on August 24, Quinn, who was the lead guide, was on a walking safari with six foreign guests.

“He spotted fresh lion spoor and decided to track a pride of lions consisting two females, two cubs and two males. One of the lions known as Nxaha who was collared, jumped out at Quinn and all efforts to save him were in vain,” said Washaya Moyo.

Camp Hwange, where the incident took place, is owned by Dave Carson, a well-known professional guide.

National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba also confirmed Swales’ death.

“Swales was leading six tourists and they spotted six lions under a tree. Two cubs moved towards the tourists but were friendly. A female lion charged towards tourists but the guide managed to force it to retreat.

“Later a lion attacked the guide on the neck,” said the police spokesperson.

Swales bled profusely from the neck and chest where he sustained injuries.

Swales’ body was carried from the camp to Victoria Falls Hospital mortuary on Monday morning.

The attack follows the killing of lion Cecil, also followed by Oxford University, who was shot by American dentist Walter Palmer last month.

Camp Hwange had posted on their website expressing sorrow on the death of Swales.

“It is with deep regret and great sadness that we are able to confirm the death of Quinn Swales, a Camp Hwange Professional Guide, who was fatally mauled by a male lion whilst out on a walking safari this morning.

“He was tracking lions early this morning, when a male lion unexpectedly charged.

“We can confirm that Quinn did everything he could to successfully protect his guests and ensure their safety, and that no guests were injured in the incident. Unfortunately, Quinn passed away as result of the injuries sustained at the scene.

“We would like to express our deepest sympathies to all of Quinn’s family.”

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