For many in Zimbabwe, Cecil the lion tells only part of the story

Story highlights

  • Some people in Zimbabwe said they didn't even know about Cecil and wonder why an animal gets more sympathy than people
  • Human rights activist: Going to a game park is a "luxury most locals cannot afford"

(CNN)The killing of Cecil the lion by a U.S. dentist in Zimbabwe drew a swift and passionate backlash. A petition urging Walter Palmer's extradition to Zimbabwe garnered more than 220,000 signatures. TV host Jimmy Kimmel gave an emotional monologue condemning the killing. People sought to bring down Palmer's dental practice through negative Yelp reviews and protests.

But some in Cecil's native Zimbabwe and in the United States criticized the massive outrage over Cecil's death and questioned why the loss of human lives didn't seem to bring the same response.