Rhino poachers eaten by lions in South Africa

Mindy Sparks
July 11, 2018

"Investigators and specialists combed the scene and managed to retrieve remains, which were taken by the Department of Health to conduct forensic testing", South African Police Service Capt. Mali Govender said in a statement. He spoke to the AFP news agency and said that they ran into a pride of lions.

While Fox said they were sad the poachers were killed, "This sends out a very clear message to any other poachers that you will not always be the victor".

"We thought they must have been rhino poachers but the axe confirmed it", Mr Fox said.

Rhino poachers kill rhinos in order to remove their horns and sell them as rhino horns cost as much as gold by weight on the black market.

Fox said he's arranged for the reserve vet to "dart the entire pride of lions" so police, forensics teams and the anti-poaching unit may search the area for clues. Reserve staff did however find high-powered rifles with silencers, wire cutters and an axe.

It is believed that a group of suspected poachers, set out to hunt game animals, were attacked and eaten by a pack of lions in a private game reserve in South Africa last weekend. "We immediately alerted the Indalo (Association of Eastern Cape Game Reserves), Anti-Poaching Cluster and the police".

A group of poachers reportedly tried to kill rhinos at a game reserve in South Africa.

At least three men made their way onto the Sibuya Game Reserve in the early hours of the morning on Monday.

The popular game reserve, which covers 30 square miles, is also home to the rest of Africa's big five - elephant, buffalo and leopard.

"We had a poaching incident in March 2016 where they killed three of our rhinos".

Lions pictured at the Sibuya Game Reserve. Rangers in some African parks have even resorted to chopping off the horns of some rhinos in a desperate attempt to save them from poachers.

The horns are prized for their medicinal value and used in traditional Chinese medicines, though there is no science to back up their touted "cure-all" powers.

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