Cecil the Lion Donations Hit $470,000

The outpouring of support for the Oxford University wildlife conservation team that had been tracking Cecil the lion doesn’t look like its slowing down anytime soon.
After Jimmy Kimmel’s on-air appeal on Tuesday night, the WildCRU team reported that more than $150,000 had been donated in under 24 hours. According to the university on Friday, this figure has now swelled to £300,000 ($470,000), which it added was enough to fund research into lion conservation in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park for two years.
"Overnight, thousands of donors worldwide brought the total of the Cecil Appeal to £300,000. This is stupendous," said David Macdonald, the founder and director of WildCRU. "My colleague Andy Loveridge and I are overwhelmed and inspired."