Kendall Jones: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Kendall Jones Texas Hunter, Facebook photos dead African animals

(Facebook/Kendall Jones)

A 19-year-old Texas Tech University cheerleader has sparked international outrage after Facebook photos of her posing with carcasses of endangered African animals went viral. Kendall Jones has been hunting since she was a teenager. She’s hunted and killed some of Africa’s rarest species, including the white rhino, lion and leopard.

Conservationists have responded to Jones’ photos with harsh comments on her Facebook page and an online petition to have her banned from entering any African state.

Here’s what you need to know about her:

1. She Grew Up Watching Her Dad Hunt

Kendall Jones Texas Hunter, Kendall Jones Facebook Photos

(Facebook/Kendall Jones)

According to her biography, Jones grew up watching her dad hunt on their family ranch in Texas and took her first trip to Africa when she was 9. She was passionate about hunting even then, saying, “As badly as I wanted to shoot something I was just too small to hold the guns my dad had brought.”

Her family traveled to Zimbabwe so her father could hunt the Big 5, the term that encompasses the elephant, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard in Southern Africa.

2. Her First Kill Was a White Rhino at Age 13

Kendall Jones Texas Hunter, Kendall Jones Facebook Photos petition

(Facebook/Kendall Jones)

Jones said she shot her first animal, a white rhino, during a 2008 trip to South Africa when she was 13. While white rhinos are classified as Near Endangered by the World Wildlife Fund, they’re the only species of rhino that isn’t endangered. White rhinos are particularly vulnerable to poaching because they aren’t aggressive and live in herds. They’re typically sought after for their horns.

3. She Finished Killing Her Big 5 at Age 14

(Facebook/Kendall Jones)

(Facebook/Kendall Jones)

Jones returned to Africa in 2009 to finish hunting her Big 5 when she was 14. Over the course of two safaris, which totaled 42 days, she took down a lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and elephant. She had the safari’s professionally recorded and converted to DVDs. During this trip, she also managed to take down six of Africa’s Dangerous 7, which include the crocodile and hippopotamus.

4. There’s a Petition to Ban Her From Africa

Kendall Jones Hunting Facebook Photos, Kendall Jones Texas Hunter

(Facebook/Kendall Jones)

A petition was started to ban Jones from entering any African state and stop her from hunting in Africa. The petition was started by Kieron Brown, a singer-songwriter in Cape Town, South Africa. The petition has received more than 6,800 signatures and reads:

Kendall Jones is an American born hunter who has entered the continent and has been hunting African wildlife under the facade of conservation. She has publicly stated that she hopes to have a television hunting show and she is using endangered and helpless African animals as a stepping to further her popularity on social media platforms.

She has already recieved much protest, peaceful or otherwise from a wide variety of people from all over the world on her social profiles, and has, on those platforms, visibly scoffed and shaken off those protests, claiming that protestors are misinformed, or simply the “sheep” to her “lion” morals.

With enough support globally we can take a step in the right direction with regards to animal conservation, and help put an end to practices such as these, in hopes of conserving what precious little is left of our natural world.

5. She’s a College Cheerleader Seeking a Reality Show

Jones is a sophomore at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, roughly five hours west of her hometown of Cleburne, Texas. She’s studying marketing and sports therapy and is a Texas Tech cheerleader.

She’s looking to host her own reality show in 2015, according to her Facebook page.

Kendall Jones Photos: The Pictures You Need to See

Kendall Jones is a college student and wild game hunter who has come under fire from animal conservationists after photos of her hunts went viral. Jones posted various photos of her posing with animals she's hunted to her Facebook page. Here are some of the photos you need to see.

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  1. I know many people like this. Most are selfish, immature idiots with no regard for the environment, and no regard for other lives.

    Reality show? This shows how weird things have gotten today…

  2. Everyone is so fast to insult persecute assume they know her! Think about this no matter how you grow up we look up to are parents they teach us right from wrong even if some peoples opinions are different that’s how she grew up watching her father hunt so that’s what she grew up doing. It’s like when you grow up Christian you don’t turn Muslim generally you stay Christian and then you have kids and you teach them Christianity. My dad played hockey and was a 3 event water skier guess what sports I played growing up?! Hint hockey and water skiing where 2 of them so if you want anyone to be mad at be mad at her dad! One more example parents are racist unfortunately that makes the children that much more likely to racist! A 9 year old is pretty impressionable! I do NOT condone what she did im canadian and I do not believe in hunting for sport people who live off the land and use every scrap possible I can live with as long as they are not endangered my 2 cents take it how you want

    • She takes pleasure in killing- unarmed creatures. I don’t care about anything else, because really, that’s all I need to know. Nothing can excuse any of that.

      • She grew up different than us if her dad was a card caring PETA member do you think there would even be a story?! No because she would be on are side but she was raised that way it’s not her fault her father showed no empathy for killing animals! It’s just sad and I hope one day when grows up as has a family of her own she breaks that cycle and teaches her children to cherish love and respect animals. The last thing I want to do is stand up for her you just have to hope she can learn and become a better person

        • We’re talking about wild animals. The animals that are consumed by western societies are mainly farmed for that purpose and have been for a long time. They are not wild or endangered. Your ignorance is astounding.

        • We’re talking about wild, endangered species, not cows and chickens that are not wild or endangered. The vast majority of the meat we consume in western society is farmed for consumption, you probably wouldn’t eat the rare Rhino that you murdered would you? It’s a pathetic status symbol, a defiance through ignorant bliss.

  3. What a repulsive little individual she is. I would have her tested for mental issues, as it is not the normal behaviour of a HUMAN being. She is sick and needs locking up for her dirty deeds, preferably in a mental institution.

  4. Yes, I shall kill the big 5! Why? Cause my daddy got money!!! In all seriousness why kill something for a trophy like that? Their great grand kids will be so proud, they might not toss it in the attic. Oh and good job at killing an unsuspecting rare animal with a gun. You deserve a trophy

  5. So…because some spoiled brat has daddy issues and a kill fetish, my kids and future generations are one step closer to living in a world void of natural and diverse beauty? News flash…you no Jane. There no Tarzan. It’s 2015. Let’s try to value what little we have left on this planet rather than skin it so we can practice our cheer moves atop our bear skin rug by the fire. It doesn’t matter how she was raised, let’s not play that card. She stole something from all of us and it’s not right. And she got to kill because she had enough money to do it. Don’t you see THAT right there is the most frightening concept…she didn’t eat these animals, she didn’t wear these animals, she didn’t thank anyone for their existence or value their role in our grand circle of life…she just picked em off with her fancy weapons to make daddy proud. Death- be it natural, for food, for defense- should never be boasted. I’ll never see the connection between conservation and showing pride and happiness with a bloody exotic animal carcass in your arms. There’s a mental imbalance there- but perhaps I am the crazy one. I know there’s people out there who’ll think she’s bad ass. I think she’s just money with a chemical imbalance. Take away her weapons and her pills and leave her on the African Plains overnight. Lol

  6. If she thinks killing endangered animals will make her more appealing to great guys, she’s wrong. If you go fishing for carp, all you’ll catch will be carp.

  7. What else would you expect from a redneck hillbilly from Podunk Texas- complete white trash with no respect for the environment- ignorance at its highest form. Disgusting.