A Minnesota dentist who experienced a global backlash after killing Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe is expected to return to work after more than a month out of the public eye.
Walter Palmer (pictured) was named in late July as the hunter who killed the revered animal.
In the following days, he received threats, was vilified online and his office was the site of protests.
In an interview, Mr Palmer said he felt safe enough to return to work, adding that his staff and patients want him back.
Mr Palmer believes he acted legally and was stunned to learn his hunting party had killed a treasured animal.
Cecil was a fixture in the Hwange National Park and had a GPS collar as part of Oxford University research.