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August 03, 2015

Poaching Outrage Spurs Philanthropists to Pledge Conservation Dollars

In the wake of news that an American dentist killed a lion he lured out of a national park in Zimbabwe, two philanthropists have pledged to match donations of up to $100,000 for wildlife conservation, the Associated Press reports.

Tom Kaplan and his wife, Daphne, will donate to Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Unit, which tracks the movements of hundreds of large wild cats and operates an anti-poaching team. The unit had tracked the lion in Zimbabwe, named Cecil, since 2008.

Mr. Kaplan is chairman of Panthera, a foundation dedicated to preserving lions, tigers, and other species of big cats.