killed by elephant, eaten by lions
Kruger National Park – Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers assisted by Komatipoort and Skukuza Police, helped the family of a suspected poacher to find closure by recovering his remains in the Crocodile bridge section of KNP, on Thursday, 4 April.
According to the family of the deceased, they were called by his accomplices who notified them that their relative had been killed by an elephant, while poaching rhino in the KNP.
The family then called Skukuza regional ranger, Don English, who arranged the search party. Rangers on foot, accompanied by members of the KNP airwing searched the area that was described by the family but due to failing light, could not locate the body.
The team resumed the search on the Thursday morning, with further information provided by the deceased’s alleged accomplices, who had been arrested during the previous evening by the Komatipoort Police.
During this search, which was boosted with a further compliment of field rangers, the remains of a body were discovered. Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains leaving only a human skull and a pair of pants. Skukuza Police were notified immediately and are currently busy with further investigations into the incident.
Reacting to the incident, the managing executive of the KNP, Glenn Phillips, commended those who were part of the search party for helping the family find closure and extended his condolences to the relatives of the deceased.
“Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that.
It is very sad to see the daughters of the deceased mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains.”
The four arrested individuals are in custody and will appear in court in due course.
Kruger National Park press release dated 5 April 2019
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