Trophy hunter who kills endangered elephants and lions 'eaten by crocodiles'

Crocodiles are thought to have eaten a South African hunter after human remains were found inside two animals. Scott van Zyl disappeared last week after he went on a hunting safari in Zimbabwe. Accompanied by a pack of dogs and a Zimbabwean tracker, the professional hunter who organises trips for foreign clients is thought to have been eaten by crocodiles on the bank of the Limpopo River.

Trophy hunter who kills endangered elephants and lions 'eaten by crocodiles'

Crocodiles are thought to have eaten a South African hunter after human remains were found inside two animals. Scott van Zyl disappeared last week after he went on a hunting safari in Zimbabwe. Accompanied by a pack of dogs and a Zimbabwean tracker, the professional hunter who organises trips for foreign clients is thought to have been eaten by crocodiles on the bank of the Limpopo River.

Trophy hunter who kills endangered elephants and lions 'eaten by crocodiles'
31 July 2019 - 21:30

It is believed Mr van Zyl and his tracker left their truck and walked in different directions into the bush. The dogs later returned to the camp without Mr van Zyl, whose belongings were found inside the vehicle. Rescue teams were sent to search for the hunter and helicopters, trackers and divers all scoured the region. 

His tracks were later spotted leading to the banks of the river and his backpack was located nearby. Sakkie Louwrens, a member of one of the search teams, said police suspected two Nile crocodiles may have eaten Mr Van Zyl. 


“We found what could possibly be human remains in them,” he told The Telegraph. Forensic experts are currently testing whether the remains belong to Mr van Zyl. The SS Pro Safaris website, owned by Mr van Zyl, states the company "has conducted numerous safaris" throughout Southern Africa. These include "elephants in Botswana to the smallest blue duiker in KwaZulu Natal". 

It goes on to list buffalo, rhino, lions, leopards and antelopes as targets for hunts. There have been previous incidents in southern Zimbabwe of people being killed by crocodiles. 

COMMENTS

  • 31 Comment
  • Rod B.
    1 week before
    Totally biased sensationalised headline that ignores the facts of safari hunting in Zimbabwe. 1. Safari hunts target mostly older animals that would otherwise suffer being torn apart and eaten alive by apex predators. 2. The enormous fees paid by safari clients is the main source of funding for anti-poaching patrols and conservation measures, without which most of these species would've been poached to extinction years ago. 3. Meat from killed animals all goes to local villages. Nothing is wasted. 4. Before safari hunting was reintroduced, both lion and elephant numbers had shrunk to double digit figures. Nowadays elephants have rebounded into several thousands and neither species is on the endangered list on Zimbabwe. 5. All of this has been accomplished through a rigorously controlled safari hunting industry, without which many Zimbabwean villages would've disappeared due to lack of ability to support themselves. But let's not let the facts spoil an emotionally based headline.
  • michelle taylor
    1 week before
    The only good hunter is a dead one! Hunt the hunters! I hope that this vile cretin died a slow and agonising death! An eye for an eye!
  • Tammy
    1 week before
    Why were the Crocs killed? They were in their own environment doing what they do and it wasn't even known if they ate the guy.
  • Rozine
    1 week before
    Ok I’m Good! No More Lions, Tigers, Elephants and Bears Being Targeted and Killed OH MY!!!!!! Well by him anyway!
  • Gail
    1 week before
    Oh well eventually what goes around comes around .. karma
  • Tim
    1 week before
    Ben, You are totally right. Colin is a turkey and a prick
  • Rebecca Morgan
    2 week before
    He got what he deserved a far as I'm concerned, the taker of lives has meet his rightful demise according to the laws of the jungle...You kill for survival not the fulfillment of the ego, not to fill your pockets at the expense of another life. He chose to live where he became a link in the food chain and he paid the price.
  • Judith
    2 week before
    When the predator becomes the prey...karmic irony!!
  • Cheapschotz
    2 week before
    A croc's gotta take a Shit too
  • Stephen Clinton
    2 month before
    Good. Hope all trophy hunters die horrible deaths.
  • Ben Stark
    2 month before
    What nobody ever brings up is the money that professional hunters/guides bring into what is a very depressed economy. In Africa, the ONLY thing that matters is whether or not something has value. And like it or not, the animals there have value, and have become one of the biggest sources of income for the country and its citizens. So you may be happy that this guy was killed, but i guarantee that many, many people in that area do not share the same sentiment, because they have just lost a significant portion of their revenue stream.
  • Different
    1 week before
    Value? I wonder how much Value would be in an expidition where hunters hunt and kill each other? A prey of equal intelligence and capability, it would certainly be fair. Mounting the head might be a tad bit morbid. Or maybe a headshrinker could add value. That would certainly bring money into the economy.
  • WW
    1 week before
    That's true. Wildlife biologists and conservationists both agree that proper wildlife management is essential to species survival in today's world. I suppose all the nay-sayers are oblivious to unknown, indiscriminate poachers and wild meat hunters, but would quickly condemn anyone that pays a bounty to carry out a professional hunt, regardless of the potential benefits to indigenous populations. I do not know the motives of this hunter. Perhaps he was a bad guy, but even bad guys can do good things if the end result improves the lives of animals and the people who live with them.
  • Ben Stark
    2 month before
    What nobody ever brings up is the money that professional hunters/guides bring into what is a very depressed economy. In Africa, the ONLY thing that matters is whether or not something has value. And like it or not, the animals there have value, and have become one of the biggest sources of income for the country and its citizens. So you may be happy that this guy was killed, but i guarantee that many, many people in that area do not share the same sentiment, because they have just lost a significant portion of their revenue stream.
  • Colin
    2 week before
    Oh Fuck off
  • Oscar
    2 month before
    I hope he suffered and cried. Now he is crocodile shit. Rot in hell!
  • Mandy Britton
    2 month before
    Bit of justice there then..no sympathy but for crocs that ate him poor things now have to shit him out lol..
  • Roger.
    2 month before
    I had a feeling that he would meet his match soon after he posted pictures of his kill.God keeps score and his time ran out.How does it feel?.
  • Lpetty
    2 month before
    Now they can hang HIS head on a wall
  • Theo
    2 month before
    Karma baby!
  • Kelly
    2 month before
    Too bad the animals got him back for his trophy hunting
  • Eileen millar
    2 month before
    Professional killer not hunter. Killers are mercenarys who are after a trophy, another notch on their belt
  • Patty ODell
    3 month before
    poor crocs i bet he tasted like the SHIT that he was!!!
  • Robert Scheurer
    3 month before
    Karma at its best baby!
  • Nikki Sarimanolis
    3 month before
    Serves him right. Hope the same fate for many other evil people like this who do not respect natures right to life. Karma needs to work alot faster on these kinds of people too.
  • Susan
    3 month before
    Just eating the trash!
  • Cheryl Wagner
    3 month before
    Karma isn't always a bitch. Sometimes she wears a disguise! Crocodiles 1, trophy hunter -1.
  • RWB
    3 month before
    hang on, they killed the poor crocs, who were doing what crocs do, b/c of this POS?? wow
  • Stephen Pearce
    3 month before
    Good news, just shows crocodiles are very intelligent
  • Mel Smith Australia
    3 month before
    Love it when the hunter becomes the hunted! Good one crocodiles, hope he felt every tooth!!
  • GM
    6 month before
    mother karma at her finest