Lions kill suspected rhino poachers on South African wildlife reserve

Lions kill suspected rhino poachers on South African wildlife reserve

The reserve's statement said it is clear the poachers had walked into a pride of six lions and that some of the poachers, if not all, were killed.

A trained guard on the reserve, who was equipped with a dog that is specially trained to detect poachers, was alerted to commotion coming from the lions about 4:30 in the morning on Monday.

At this point in the investigation, it's unclear how many poachers were killed by the lions.

A ranger taking guests at the Sibuya Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape on a safari drive on Tuesday afternoon discovered human remains close to a pride of lions. Authorities believe the men entered the game reserve in the early hours of Monday; they were found dismembered the following day, the news agency reports.

Mr Fox, 60, said: 'We found enough body parts and three pairs of empty shoes which suggest to us that the lions ate at least three of them but it is thick bush and there could be more.

"They were armed with, amongst other things, a high powered rifle with a silencer, an axe, wire cutters and had food supplies for a number of days - all the hallmarks of a gang intent on killing rhino and removing their horns", said Fox.


"It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions".

Mr Fox said: "The lions may have eaten more of them it is hard to tell as the area is very thick with bush and you can not be sure what they have taken off to feed on elsewhere".

Fox said he alerted the Indalo Anti-Poaching Cluster and the local police, which are now combing the area for clues.

He says the reserve's wildlife veterinarian darted the lions so that police forensic investigators could search for evidence.

After ensuring the lions were not a threat to tourists, Fox said there will not be any changes to "the status quo of our lions". More than 1,000 rhinos were poached in 2017, according to figures from the environment ministry.

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