Man Who Hunted Elephants And Lions Has Been Eaten By Crocodiles

by : Tom Percival on : 07 Apr 2017 17:15

Crocodiles are believed to have eaten a South African hunter, who’d hunted lions and elephants, after human remains were found in two of the reptiles. 

Scott van Zyl was hunting with a pack of dogs in Zimbabwe last week when he disappeared. It’s thought that van Zyle separated from his tracker and was eaten by crocodiles on the bank of the Limpopo River.


His belongings were found inside his truck and the hunting dogs returned to his camp, The Independent reports.


Rescue teams used helicopters, trackers and divers to search the area he’d last been seen and trackers eventually spotted his tracks leading to the banks of the river with his backpack lying nearby.

One of the search team Sakkie Louwre claims that police suspect two Nile crocodiles ate Mr van Zyl and that forensic work is being done to determine whether the remains found in two crocodiles belong to him.


Van Zyl was a professional hunter who organised hunting trips for customers.


His website, SS Pro Safaris, stated that  van Zyl had conducted numerous safaris throughout Southern Africa and liste buffalo, rhino, lions, leopards and antelopes as targets for hunts.

At least four fatal attacks by crocodiles have been reported in Zimbabwe this year.

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Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

Topics: Animals


The Independent
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    South African hunter ‘eaten by crocodiles’ in Zimbabwe