- Jan 22, 2005
Suspected rhino poacher killed by an elephant then eaten by lions in South Africa
By Livvy Doherty, CNN
Updated 1037 GMT (1837 HKT) April 7, 2019
(CNN)Only a skull and a pair of trousers remained after a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant, then eaten by lions in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks said.
The incident happened after the man entered the park with four others to target rhinos, according to a parks service statement released Friday.
His family were notified of his death late Tuesday by his fellow poachers, and a search party led by Kruger's regional manager, Don English, set out to recover the body. Rangers scoured on foot and police flew over the area, but due to failing light, it could not be found.
The search resumed Thursday morning and, with the help of added field rangers, what was left of his body was 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," the statement said.
Glenn Phillips, the managing executive of Kruger National Park, extended his condolences to the man's family.