Karma: Lions Eat Rhino Poachers in South Africa

South Africa Black Rhino Poachers Killed Lions

courtesy ishikistaa.com

Rhino horn is highly prized in Asia for its supposedly medicinal properties and the demand has created a thriving market for African poachers.

Rhino horn is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but increasingly common is its use as a status symbol to display success and wealth.  Poaching is now a threat in all rhino range states, however as South Africa is home to the majority of rhinos in the world, it is being heavily targeted. More than ever, field programmes are having to invest heavily in anti-poaching activities.

Poachers are now being supplied by international criminal gangs with sophisticated equipment to track and kill rhinos. Frequently a tranquiliser gun is used to bring the rhino down, before its horn is hacked off, leaving the rhino to wake up and bleed to death very painfully and slowly. Poachers are often armed with guns themselves, making them very dangerous for the anti-poaching teams who put their lives on the line to protect rhinos.

But rhinos aren’t only critters that roam the veldt in African game reserves.

At least two rhino poachers were eaten by lions on a South African game reserve, the owner of the lodge said on Thursday.

A ranger taking guests at the Sibuya Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape on a safari drive on Tuesday afternoon discovered human remains close to a pride of lions.

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The rhinos will no doubt find some way to express their sincere appreciation to their leonine neighbors for the assist.

“We suspect two were killed, possibly three,” Sibuya owner Nick Fox said.

“We thought they must have been rhino poachers but the ax confirmed it,” Fox said. “They use the rifle to shoot the animal and the ax to remove the horn.”

Conservation and anti-poaching efforts have more than doubled the number of black rhinos in Africa to more than 5,000 over the last 25 years, but there are still precious few of them.


  1. avatar Ralph says:

    I’m thinking that it would take a yuuuuuuuuuuge pot to poach a rhino.

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:


  2. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    The “Feel Good” story of the week!

  3. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    What a shame. Poor guys. Their mother was overheard to say that they din doo nuffin and were just turning their lives around.

  4. avatar New Continental Army says:

    Just as I predicted. Around the globe animals are making alliances and strategizing how to challenge humans in the great game of global domination. The first trial engagement was when the feral pig militia overran and ate those Daesh members in Syria. Soon humanity will be caught in a two front war, fighting animals on one side, and artificial intelligence on the other.

    1. avatar little horn says:

      lol i needed a good laugh, thanks.

    2. avatar Wzrd says:

      When the tuna venture onto land with their breathing apparatuses made of kelp, it’s all over.

  5. avatar MIO says:

    Good F’em. Scum need to die anyway. Hope they didn’t give the lions gas

  6. avatar AZD says:

    Why don’t they just post some “Gun Free Zone” signs around the areas where the rhinos live? Poaching problem solved.

  7. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    I’m not a hunter. But I totally support hunting wild animals anywhere its legal. Apex predators must be culled from the herd. In California they screwed it up and got people killed and torn up by mountain lions.


    And in Africa the only controversy is about white people telling black people how to live in a world were Blacks are surrounded by Apex predators. Malcolm X was wrong . Only the white Liberal is the devil. Hunter conservation is the only way to save these beautiful animals and at the same time keep humans safe.

    Jim Shockey’s Uncharted is the best thing on the Outdoor Channel.
    “After the black rhino hunt, a village celebrates meat delivery”


    You use the resources you have in that part of the world you live in.

    “Don’t pooh-pooh it: Making paper from elephant dung”

  8. avatar 16V says:

    Yet another benefit of allowing the ChiComs out of the stone age.

  9. avatar m. says:

    they disagreed with something that ate them?

  10. avatar SurfGW says:

    Enforce the rhino horn export ban and watch the poachers find something else to do. China needs to get on board with severe sentencing for rhino horn users. BTW, rhino horn is basically the same material as your nails, so these rhino horn users should just chew on their nails and save their money.

  11. avatar No one of consequence says:

    I’m a little disappointed in the lionesses. Good moms don’t let their kids have too much junk food.

    Seriously, though … Humans are apex predators only when they’re in packs, and/or have tools like spears and guns. Sometimes not even then … as this story shows.

  12. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    Haven’t the Chinese gotten the memo that we white guys invented little blue pills that actually work for the ailment they’re trying to address with powdered rhino horn, tiger penis and bear gall bladders?

    1. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

      “Haven’t the Chinese gotten the memo that we white guys invented little blue pills that actually work…”

      DG, the ‘craftier’ Chinese ‘Traditional Pharmacists’ offer their clients custom blends that have been known to contain Viagra.

      All the client knows is, it worked, and now they have a repeat customer…

    2. avatar 16V says:

      The cure for “ED” is a moderately attractive 19 YO hardbody who can suck-start a Harley.

      No pills, no therapy, other than moving beyond the ‘same old cracker’, as Eddy Murphy said.

  13. avatar Hannibal says:

    Oh well. I feel about the same when matadors get gored. You pretty much had it coming, buddy.

  14. avatar Grace12 says:

    Seems that I read somewhere that prey can still be alive when lions start to dine. In this case that right there is a fun thought. “I’ll have a wing please.”

    1. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

      “Seems that I read somewhere that prey can still be alive when lions start to dine.”

      Oh, yes.

      Here in Florida, I know folks who are terrified of alligators. I’ll *happily-* take being drowned to death first rather than being disemboweled and eaten alive.

      (In all fairness, I’ve heard the big cats usually like their prey not struggling while they’re eating, so they usually give a quick bite to the neck to break the spinal column first…)

  15. avatar jwm says:

    Hakuna matata, motherfucker.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      That about made me bust a gut.

  16. avatar Anonymous says:

    I hear that big black penis is an aphrodisiac…just sayin’

    1. avatar little horn says:

      stuff like that has more to do with you thinking “i just ate a dick, might as well add another” rather then it actually containing a chemical that makes you horny.

    2. avatar jwm says:

      Dude. What you do in the privacy of your own home is your own business.

      Consenting adults and all that.

  17. avatar Joe Ferrone says:

    Yet another totally irrelevant to guns by TTAG. Jokers have lost their focus.

    1. avatar Dave in PTC says:

      Joe, you are right.

      Alright guys, back to talking about the superiority of the 6.5 Creedmoor!

      1. avatar John in AK says:

        . . . which brings us back to the actual focus of the article, and its relevance to guns.

        You see, the poachers were NOT armed with 6.5mm Creedmoors, and were therefore eaten. If they HAD been armed with 6.5mm Creedmoors, instead of, most likely, the ubiquitous AKM in 7.62×39 (.308 Short, or .30-47), they would still be alive today.


  18. avatar jackalope says:

    Too bad this doesn’t happen more often.

  19. avatar Ed Schrade says:

    I read that a large majority of the poachers are Somalis.

    1. avatar Len says:

      Couldn’t happen to a more deserving group!

  20. avatar Holdfast says:

    Multiple heavily armed poachers, and no dead lions.
    I think the poachers were killed and their bodies were left for the lions to dispose of.

    1. avatar bobinmi says:

      I was thinking the exact same thing.

      1. avatar Wood says:

        Me too. And yet, I remain unperturbed.

  21. avatar Joe says:

    Yet another worthless post by TTAG. Nothing relating to guns here.

  22. avatar ozzallos says:

    So at least two -armed- poachers were killed by lions…? Yeah, no. At least two armed poachers were killed by somebody else and fed to lions.

  23. avatar Mikial says:

    All poachers should be fed to lions, jackals, and anything else that might eat them. I’ve seen jackals in the wild and they would take a long time to kill and eat a poacher. Karma.

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