Monday, 16 July, 2018

Lions kill suspected rhino poachers in South Africa

Theresa Hayes | 09 July, 2018, 00:14

"As it was already dark it was not possible to investigate the area until first light at which time we arranged for our vet to dart the entire pride of lions so that Police forensic teams assisted by our Anti-poaching unit could comb the immediate area for clues", Fox wrote on Facebook.

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.

PRESS RELEASELions Kill Suspected Poachers on Sibuya Game ReserveSometime during the night of Sunday 1st and early.

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

According to its website, Sibuya Game Reserve is located on the Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape, approximately 130 kms from Port Elizabeth or East London.

"They were armed with high powered rifles with silencers, an axe for the horns, wire cutters and side arms, so were clearly intent on killing rhinos and cutting off their horns".

Over the last few days game guides and anti-poaching staff have continued to drive game viewing vehicles in the vicinity of this pride to check for any behavioural differences and they have confirmed that to date there have been none.

Sibuya owner Nick Fox said it was impossible to know how many poachers actually might have been eaten.

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

One head and a number of bloodied body parts and limbs have been recovered from the area, along with three pairs of empty shoes. Reserve staff immediately called the Association of Eastern Cape Game Reserves Anti-Poaching Cluster and the police.

"Although we will continue to be extremely vigilant we remain positive that this incident will not necessitate any changes to the status quo", he said.

More than 1,000 rhinos were killed in South Africa previous year.