Riaan Naude, who regularly posted photos of himself with the carcasses of lions, elephants and giraffes, was shot dead by unknown assailants near Kruger National Park.

A South African wildlife trophy hunter who regularly posted photos of himself with the bodies of giraffes, lions and elephants has been killed.

Riaan Naude was shot to death near his car in the eastern South African province of Limpopo, which is home to part of the country’s Kruger National Park.

The 55-year-old was the owner and founder of Pro Hunt Africa – a group that organised paid hunting trips for customers. Naude was found by police on Monday “lying with his face up” with “blood on his head and face," according to a police spokesperson.

Some local reports suggest that Naude was killed shortly after he stopped on the side of the road after his car overheated. Another car is believed to have pulled up alongside him before two men got out and shot him from close range. The suspects then quickly drove off after stealing one of Naude’s guns.

An investigation into Naude’s murder is underway, and there's currently no suggestion that he was targeted because of his trophy hunting – a lucrative activity that remains legal in South Africa.

In February, to the frustration of wildlife groups, the South African government announced an increase in the quotas for the number of endangered elephants, black rhinos and leopards that hunters can kill.

More than 125,000 animals are killed each year for trophies. That averages to approximately 126,000 animals killed and imported into our country each year. Between 2008 and 2017, nearly 40,000 animal trophies from African elephants, just over 8,000 from leopards, and 14,000 from African lions were exported worldwide.


Responses to "Famous Trophy Hunter Shot Dead in South Africa"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Beware! There's a lion who stole a gun and knows how to use it!

  2. Anonymous says:

    What comes around goes around

    RIP to all the dead animals he has killed

  3. Anonymous says:

    The South African government should be boycotted! Allowing more trophy hunting when so many species are being summarily wiped out is a travesty!

  4. Anonymous says:

    What is wrong with the South African Government increasing in the quotas for the number of endangered elephants, black rhinos and leopards that hunters can kill, all so these blood-thirsty "hunters" can hang a head on their wall, and prove their manhood??? Do they not understand the meaning of the word endangered? These wonderful animals have the same God given right to live and roam freely... How would these Government Officials feel if there were more bloothirsty hunters that wanted to kill a Government Official for the sheer purpose of hanging the Official's head on their wall? As an official, you have the RESPONSIBILITY of protecting the country and it's population! Animals are a necessary part of the ecosystem... by killing a lot of animals, you are killing your country! SHAME on all you South African Government Officials!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Good riddance, ignorant loser.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Good by and good riddance

  7. cathy t says:

    GLAD HE IS DEAD. HOPEFULLY HISHELPING KILLER MURDR INNOCENT ANIMALS. close the garbage place he was using to let rich scums kill innocent animals, they should be imprisioned for killing endangered animals and for killing any animal. close all the places that allow the murders of innocent animals in africa trophy hunters r nothing but garbage

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