Who Is Jan Seski, The Second American Doctor Accused Of Illegally Killing A Lion In Zimbabwe?
Americans and Zimbabweans alike were outraged over the killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist in July. Now, Zimbabwe has accused a second American of illegally hunting lions in the country. Jan Casimir Seski allegedly shot a lion with a bow and arrow without approval and on land where it's illegal to hunt lions, according to Zimbabwe's National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. So who is Jan Seski? Bustle has reached out to him for comment.
Seski, 68, is an independent gynecological oncologist with attending privileges at multiple Allegheny Health Network hospitals in the Pittsburgh area. On Monday, Allegheny released a statement regarding the allegations, saying that Seski "has provided care to gynecologic cancer patients at hospitals throughout the Pittsburgh region for decades" and that he is "a leader in the field of bloodless medicine." The health network also said, "We expect that Dr. Seski will continue to care for his patients as he attends to personal matters related to his recent hunting expedition in Africa."
Just like Walter Palmer, the American dentist who admitted to killing Cecil the lion, Seski appears to be a big-game enthusiast, having appeared in several photos on Horn's African Safari's and Alaska Bowhunting's websites alongside a hippo, an ostrich, an antelope, a zebra, and a kudu. Alaska Bowhunting's website uses a photo of Seski with a dead African elephant to promote its bow and arrow system.
Headman Sibanda, the Zimbabwean landowner who acted as Palmer's guide and was later arrested over Cecil's death, told authorities that Seski was another client of his, and also claimed he had hunted a lion earlier in the year, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sibanda told the Associated Press that he and Seski did not break any laws in the April hunt. Zimbabwe National Parks spokeswoman Caroline Washaya Moyo told the Associated Press that Seski provided a government hunting database with his name and information. Moyo told the AP:
When hunters come into the country, they fill a document stating their personal details, the amount they have paid for the hunt, the number of animals to be hunted, the species to be hunted, and the area and period where that hunt is supposed to take place. The American conducted his hunt in an area where lion hunting is outlawed. The landowner who helped him with the hunt also did not have a have a quota for lion hunting.
Zimbabwean officials have said they will seek an extradition of Palmer over the death of Cecil, but it's unclear whether or not the south African country will do the same for Seski.