Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
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Lions kill suspected rhino poachers in South Africa

Lions kill suspected rhino poachers in South Africa

It is not yet clear how many suspected poachers were killed.

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.

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.

"Judging from the shoes and items found on the scene‚ I suspect it is about two or maybe three".

It's unclear how many people were killed on the reserve at this time.

Nick Fox, the owner of the reserve, said in a statement that the group of poachers were armed with a high-powered rifle with a silencer, an axe, wire cutters and other weapons.

Three rhinos were killed in nearby Port Alfred in May 2018, raising the total of illegal rhino killings in the province to nine for the year.

Investigators were unable to examine the scene for evidence Tuesday night and were forced to wait for daylight.

"The anti-poaching unit never suspected anything wrong because it was the lions making noise and not the rhinos", Fox said.

Sibuya Game Reserve in Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa is a popular destination that is home to Africa's famous "Big 5" - lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalos, and leopards - who reside on the reserve's 30 square miles.

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

However, this time the hunters became the hunted, when they got in the way of the resident lion pride. Instead, they met their own demise when a pride of lions attacked and killed them. "They ate his body, almost all of it, and just left his head and some remains", Limpopo Province police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe told AFP. Someone had sawn off their heads and paws-body parts used in traditional medicine, like rhino horn.

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