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article imageLioness Mauled Anti-Poaching Ranger in South African Reserve

By Alex Volker     Feb 5, 2009 in Environment
Tragedy struck on Friday evening the 30th January 2009, when Richmond Sibuyi, a 24 year old Anti-Poaching officer posted on a Nature Reserve near Hoedspruit was fatally mauled by a lioness.
Richmond was employed by Protrack Anti Poaching Unit as a team leader doing anti-poaching.
At about 23h00 he was dragged from his temporary base by a lioness. His colleague desperately tried to ward off the attack, but to no avail and was forced to run to the manager’s house to call for assistance. The drag marks from his camp were clearly visible and some clothing articles were found nearby. Attempts were made to find Richmond through the night by vehicle, but the thickness of the bush on the location made the search futile.
The badly mauled remains were found early the following morning and the offending animal was destroyed. The matter is currently under investigation by the SAPS. The family of the deceased was taken to the location where Richmond spent his last moments.
Richmond was described as a quiet and reliable young man who distinguished himself in his duties. He loved the bush and this was evident in his work and attitude.
Written by: Alex Volker
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