Staff of the Sibuya Game Reserve near Kenton-on-Sea made a grisly find as darkness fell on July 3 – one head, a number of body parts, three pairs of empty shoes and rhino poaching equipment indicated that at least three poachers had been eaten by lions while they were about it.
Sibuya Game Reserve is popular with British tourists which is one of the reasons the story has been widely carried in UK media.
The owner of Sibuya Nick Fox (60) said: “We found enough body parts and three pairs of empty shoes which suggest to us that lions ate at least three (poachers) but it is thick bush and there could be more.
“They came heavily armed with hunting rifles and axes which we have recovered and enough food to last them for several days so we suspect they were after all of our rhinos here.
“But the lions are our watchers and guardians and they poached the wrong pride and became a meal.
“While we are saddened by any loss of life the poachers came here to kill our animals and this sends out a very clear message to other poachers that you will not always be the winner.
“The lions may have eaten more of them, it is difficult to tell as the area is very thick with bush and you can’t be sure what they have taken off to feed elsewhere.
“The best estimate we have so far is that three of the gang were eaten.”
THREE RHINOS WERE KILLED IN SIBUYA IN 2016/ROTARIAN ACTION GROUP FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES