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.

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.

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

  1. Anonymous says:

    Everyone has the opportunity to do what is right and killinc animals just for pleasure or fun is incorrect, I say it was karma, sorry for him and his family.

  2. Unknown says:

    Seems appropriate!

  3. Anonymous says:

    And of course the crocodiles had to die.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh well...a dog eat dog world

  5. Anonymous says:

    Karma is a bitch!

  6. Anonymous says:

    You reap what you sow.

  7. Poor crocs probably got sick.. The human body has become a toxic waste site from eating flesh and lacteal secretions of other mammals.. It's why we have SO many hospitals and why every organ in the human body has its own specialist and research foundation! Sorry animals, humans are not nearly as superior to you as we assume, but for the fact we have vocal cords...

  8. Brilliant news, I'm very happy to hear it.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This world can do without scum like him. Good riddance. Hope u liked wearing your crocodile coat!! Bet it was a tight fit in it. Lol

  10. It's a shame, about the crocs...

  11. Marlon says:


  12. Anonymous says:

    He was probably suspected of being a poacher, murdered, and fed to the crocodiles so not to arouse suspicion of foul play.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hooray for nature! I think an overwhelming majority of humans would help these animals rid the earth of these hunters if it wasn't illegal - for humans to do so. So go for it nature!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    What happened to the tracker? Hmmmm.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Yup.... Karma's a bitch!

  16. Anonymous says:'s the circle of life! isn't that what hunters and flesh eaters claim for the death of animals? SMH!

  17. Wyn says:

    Shame they bothered looking for the bastard.

  18. Wyn says:

    I'm sorry if that's his son in the photo, and sorry he had such a poor role model.... poor kid.

  19. Anonymous says:

    �������� awesome,,best thing I've heard all day

  20. Anonymous says:

    Sadly the croc had to die :(

  21. Do trophy hunters taste like chicken?

  22. TCinLA says:

    Karma bites. Too bad they had to kill the crocodiles, who were only doing what crocodiles do.

  23. souixs says:

    To bad they killed the crocodiles

  24. Stupid vengeful comments. He wasn't a poacher. He was a PROFESSIONAL HUNTER. The animals taken were not endangered. There is a process to cull herds and sell off licenses to pay for further management of the herds and lands. You are too short sighted and uninformed to realize that. Pathetic.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Screw off James Carmean! KARMA is a bitch and with your attitude yours should be interesting.

  26. Attila says:

    How about the dogs with him?! Any word on them? All trophy hunters should die horribly. Poor crocs!

  27. Seriously, what the fuck are human beings turning into?
    Regardless of what this man did that we dont like how dare anyone think its ok to write comments that say his death is great, his child had a bad role model etc..
    This man has family that will be suffering through such a tragedy knowing how he died and ignorant people just cant hold back with their venom...

  28. He died by those killed for sport. So be it. Karma worked in this case.
    Good Job...... :) :)

  29. Anonymous says:

    good shame all hunters don't suffer the same fate hunting just for sport is sick karma got it right this time good riddance

  30. Wil Davis says:

    Boo bloody hoo! (…is that a wikkid grin on the face of that croc? I hope it didn't suffer any indigestion!) 😁😅😅😅

  31. i hope they don't put up a fund to support his widow now...glad nature got some revenge finally.

  32. Pls give a trophy to croc for saving the ecosystem. ..thanks a lot

  33. De Anne says:

    As an animal activist I understand what some call management, however the money paid for permits to kill.. It is doubtful is used as wise as it could. There are so many poor managed projects from deforestation to culls. Nature has it's own ways of managing things. The black market is even worst.

  34. I say poor Steve Erwin cause he got killed by an animal and never harmed any of them. This guy made a sport out of killing animals. I can understand people hunting deer and other things to eat but just to have a head on your wall or to be able to say you shot it is crap. Someone probably pushed him in to get rid of him and what he was doing or to take his place so they could make the money he was making from doing these expeditions. Funny how they knew exactly which two crocodiles ate him. Anonymous tip. Lol

  35. accra0306 says:

    "It ain't no fun when the rabitt's got the gun."

  36. Anonymous says:


  37. Anonymous says:

    Sorry the crocs died. As for him it's a relief to know he won't kill anymore innocent creatures. One less murderer in the world.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Best news I've heard for ages.

  39. Iyke A says:

    Even if what he did was wrong, you don't talk evil of the dead. Shame on you haters, fyi death is inevitable.

  40. Unknown says:

    As many have already said ... karma. To kill for no other reason than for pleasure and ego ... is indeed, only a HUMAN genetic trait. ALL OTHER LIFE FORMS ON THIS PLANET, KILL TO SURVIVE FOR FOOD ... To "Manage" ... nature does that quite well ... HUMANS NEED TO BE MANAGED ...

  41. Monika Dorelat says:

    Simone Cotterill ,if he was a relative of mine I would not want to know him and I would never be friends with any person that hunts and good triddens to him.����

  42. Anonymous says:

    Even in death he killed two crocs.. they didn't need to kill the crocs and open them up. They guy wasn't worth the lives of two more animals. Shameful disgusting and stupid decision. It didn't matter what happened to him. He was shit.

  43. What a croc of 💩 that the animals had to die. The idiot was even teaching his son to slaughter animals. Live by the sword, die by Crocs teeth....

  44. Me says:

    How does everyone know that it was wrong for him killing those animals. They could have been killing kids or livestock and needed to be stopped. Don't judge you don't have the right,they are only one that can judge. You are just as bad saying it is good that ahuman lost his life. What about his kids your saying all those bad things about their father. You are worst than any hunter. Just saying

  45. Serves him right And how were the remains found in the crocs? Were they now shot?

  46. Anonymous says:

    i truly condemn the action of always killing the animal for what?
    To verify? So a lot of people should be killed because they eat animals all the time. What about animals rights?
    These are wild animals which such strong instinct you cannot even understand, stay away or be eaten! Its circle of life!

  47. One last monster amongst us. You get what you deserve. Killing animals for fun endangered animals, as well. Not sad to hear about this.

  48. Circle of life. Guess he wasn't used to being hunted himself.

  49. ollymeg says:

    Is there a video available?, I do like movies with a happy ending.

  50. Anonymous says:


  51. Anonymous says:

    James Carmean apparently you dont even know which animals are endangered! Google it. Only trophy hunters believe their blood money is making africa rich & bringing endangered animals back to life.. .

  52. Anonymous says:

    Ha ha ha...

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