HTC releases a $2,500 Gold-Plated smartphone in honour of Cecil the lion


At the heartbreaking news of the senseless killing of Cecil the Lion outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, Goldgenie were moved to do something to help towards the conservation of his environment and prevention of other tragic losses from the game reserve.

Goldgenie, is United Kingdom-based company, renowned for its expensive luxury smartphones and devices like the Apple Watch (costing $164,000). Goldgenie, is making a special edition gold-plated HTC One M9 smartphone to remember Cecil the Lion, help raise awareness as well as donate part of the proceeds from the $2,470 it will make from the sales to Cecil’s former home, Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Cecil, with his unique dark mane, was a majestic creature and was known for his loving gentle nature. Goldgenie’s designers decided to capture his beautiful shape with a special laser engraving of the lion’s portrait with the words “For Cecil and his Kingdom” inscribed below it for a limited edition range of 24k Gold embellished HTC One M9 smartphones.

Only 99 of the special edition smartphones will be made available for sale and 10% from every sale (£159) will be donated to Friends of Hwange.

Friends of Hwange is a charity that is working hard towards the conservation of wildllife in Hwange National Park, the home that Cecil was cruelly lured from.

This Limited Edition 24k Gold Cecil the Lion HTC One M9 is a state of the art smartphone that will serve as a reminder of the beauty of nature’s wildlife and the importance of conserving it. For more information on Friends of Hwange or if you would like to donate directly to the trust, please visit their website here.

This HTC ONE M9 phone is SIM free and factory unlocked to ALL networks – you can use this 24k Gold embellished HTC ONE on any network throughout the world.

The phone will come with a luxury cherry oak finish box, HTC ONE (M9) phone, earphones with remote and mic, charger plug + USB cable, documentation and total armour protection installed by master craftsmen at Goldgenie.

When news of the lion’s death at the hands of a seasoned game hunter were made, Twitter was abuzz with outrage and condemnation at the killer, a Walter James Palmer from Minnesota, USA.

Not only were addresses to his house and private practice clinic (he’s a doctor) shared openly on the social media platform, he was also issued death threats on the platform. People took to the platform to expressing their outrage at the killing of what had become Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park’s star attraction and also the subject of a study by researchers and conservationists at the Oxford University that had even put a GPS tracker on him.

While prosecutions of the perpetrators are ongoing in Zimbabwe and an online petition to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to see to it that it happens already has close to a million signatures and Dr Palmer himself is now a wanted man, attention has shifted to what can be done to prevent the eventual loss of the continent’s remaining 30,000 lions thus attracting companies Goldgenie to honor the species, in the best way they can,


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