The 40-year-old tracker, Quinn Swales, was leading a group of tourists on a photographic walking safari in Hwange National Park when he spotted a pride of six lions Monday, police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said Tuesday.
When one of the lions with cubs became defensive, Swales scared the animals away, Charamba said.
“But then the male lion later made a U-turn and attacked him," she said.
None of the tourists was harmed
The lion, called Nxaha, had a tracking collar, as Cecil did.
In a separate incident in Zimbabwe, the authorities said a man who sold curios to tourists was killed by an elephant in the resort town of Victoria Falls, about 60 miles from Hwange, also on Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Fatal lion attack – Hwange National ParkAugust 2015: While leading a bush walk with guests of Camp Hwange on the...