Cecil the lion
Cecil the lion was killed after being lured from Hwange National Park (YouTube)

A safari guide has been killed in the same Zimbabwean national park where Cecil the lion lived. Quinn Swales was leading a group of tourists on a walk in Hwange National Park on August 24 when the animal charged, said the Camp Hwange tour company.

On the safari on Monday, Swales spotted fresh lion spoor and decided to track a pride of two females, two males and two cubs, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said in a statement, before being attacked and injured.

"Quinn did everything he could to successfully protect his guests and ensure their safety," the company said on its Facebook page, adding that no other members of the group were hurt. It said that Swales, 40, died of his injuries on the morning of the attack.

Hwange National Park hit international headlines after Cecil, a much-loved tourist attraction, was lured from the park then shot dead by US dentist Walter Palmer.

The killing sparked debate over the morality of big game hunting, with airlines including American Airlines and Delta banning the transportation of big game trophies on their flights.