Pair of trousers all that's left as pride of lions eat poacher

Pat Wise
April 8, 2019

Two park rangers were hospitalized a few days earlier when an elephant attacked them while they were on a routine patrol.

The survivors left the park and contacted a relative of the deceased with the bad news.

A search party that included aerial assistance discovered the man's remains.

Rangers on foot were assisted by members of the KNP Air Wing, who flew over the area that was described by the family.

A human skull and a pair of trousers were recovered Thursday, and a pride of lions is believed to have eaten the man after he was crushed. According to the man's accomplices, things didn't go well for the poacher, who was overcome and ultimately killed by the elephants.

Owner Nick Fox said a head and a number of bloodied parts and limbs were recovered along with just a single empty shoe and their high powered hunting rifles and an axe.

The trio appeared in court on Friday "facing charges of possession of firearms and ammunition without a license, conspiracy to poach as well as trespassing", SAPS said in a statement.

They're set to appear in court soon.

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'An inquest was opened in connection with the dead suspect'.

Glenn Phillips, the managing executive of Kruger National Park, extended his condolences to the man's family.

"It's one of the most expensive wildlife products on the illegal market and that's why these poachers go after it", Michael Slattery, founder of the Texas Christian University Rhino Initiative, said Sunday.

A Vietnamese woman grinds rhino horn with water in her apartment in Hanoi, Vietnam, March 13, 2012.

There is an global ban on the trade in rhino horn.

In a record seizure Saturday, Hong Kong customs confiscated 82.5 kilograms of rhino horns from South Africa worth over $2 million. Conservation efforts have boosted their numbers, and the world's remaining 5,000 or more black rhinos live mostly in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.

South African rangers have recovered the skull of the man in the vast Kruger sanctuary, which has born the brunt of much of the country's poaching crisis.

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