A Minnesota dentist may have temporarily lost his practice as a result of killing widely loved Cecil the lion, but the country of Zimbabwe stands to lose a lot more—millions of dollars more.
Outrage over the lion's death has renewed pressure on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the animals under the Endangered Species Act, with one petition surpassing 1 million signatures. Four U.S. senators introduced a bill Friday that seeks to extend further protection for lions.
If those efforts prove successful, they would likely prevent lion trophies from being brought into the country, potentially hurting Zimbabwe's tourism industry. In 2013, the sector accounted for more than 10 percent of the country's GDP, with a direct contribution of $71 billion, nearly double the global average on a percentage basis, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council.