This post has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff. BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone can create a post or quiz. Try making your own!Buzz·Posted on Jul 31, 2015Cecil The Lion: 8 Things You Should KnowAs someone who was raised in Zimbabwe, I'm amazed that a lion from our little-known African country has captured the sensitivities of people worldwide. Here are some things to know about Cecil.by bethnortonCommunity ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Cecil lived in Hwange, Zimbabwe's biggest National Park. African Bush Camps / Via africanbushcamps.com Hwange (with a silent 'h' and an accent on the 'e') is the third largest park in Africa, at a size of 14,651 km², slightly bigger than Connecticut. It was named after a local chief and is said to have once been an occasional hunting ground for the Ndebele King, Mzilikazi. Hwange has a huge range of wildlife (over 108 mammal species and 400 bird species) which makes it an amazing place to go on safari. 2. Cecil was a stud. View this video on YouTube youtube.com At one point, Cecil was the head of a 22-member pride of lions - a force to be reckoned with, in the lion world. Two years ago he was overthrown by younger males, and in response he teamed up with another lion to re-establish a new pride. His current pride contains three lionesses and six cubs - and they are now in danger.Now that Cecil is dead, another group of male lions is likely to take dominance by killing his cubs. 3. Cecil was enormous. View this video on YouTube youtube.com An average male lion is around 189kg (418lb), but Cecil was an impressive 220kg (485lb). He was heralded "the biggest lion in Zimbabwe" and his massive frame meant that he wasn't afraid of humans. Often, safari vehicles had to drive off the road to avoid him, rather than the other way around. This lack of fear also meant that visitors got to see Cecil up-close, something that must have been an awe-inspiring sight. 4. Cecil's killing has brought trophy hunting into the limelight. Lion Aid / Via Facebook: Lionaid There is an argument that trophy hunting can aid conservation because it raises vast funds which can benefit local habitats and communities. However, it can be difficult to control, especially in countries where corruption is rife. It also sends the message that it's OK to kill an animal for fun, as long as you pay enough money. WILDCRU, the team that was researching Cecil, states that "Hunting today employs relatively few people (and only employs them seasonally) whilst not contributing to infrastructure development and community upliftment relative to the photo-safari industry and relative to the damage it causes." 5. Cecil is not the only victim of injustice in Zimbabwe. ZimbabwesChildren.org / Via zimbabweschildren.org Last month there was a report about lowering the age of consent to 12 in Zimbabwe, which would leave young girls open to untold cruelty, if enforced. A Zimbabwean journalist and dissident of Robert Mugabe, Itai Dzamara, has been missing since March. Thousands of Zimbabwean children can't afford to go to school. Just days ago, the Zimbabwean government sold wild elephant calves to Chinese zoos where they have reportedly been mistreated. These stories, and countless others, also deserve to be decried by the world. 6. Cecil is not the only Hwange lion to be killed outside the park. Paula French / Via bbc.co.uk Hidden beneath Cecil's mane was a GPS tracking collar, which allowed researchers at Oxford University to trace his last movements. The researchers say that over 70% of the male lions in their study have been killed outside the park borders, which doesn't bode well for Hwange's lions. 7. Even in death, Cecil is a wildlife ambassador for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority / Via zimparks.org For the lucky ones who saw Cecil during their visits to Zimbabwe, he showed them the wonders that could await them if they returned. For the many people who are outraged at his killing, he is a reason to visit Zimbabwe for the first time. Cecil is a reminder for people get out there and see lions in the wild where they belong, and to support the industries that place more value on a live lion than a dead one. 8. The roar of Cecil's fans has sent a powerful message. Mark Robinson / Via Facebook: 1634967960077848 The public outcry that has resulted from Cecil's death sends a message to those in power that the world still cares about the voiceless. If a lion from an obscure African country can cause such a loud call for justice, imagine what else can do the same.