Let there be tears

Crocodile tears, that is:

Scott Van Zyl made his living taking wealthy clients on “safaris” for the sole purpose of bringing home trophies like leopards, zebras, wildebeests and even lions. Now, investigators in Zimbabwe believe that Van Zyl ended up on the wrong end of the predator-prey relationship, and DNA tests have confirmed that he was attacked, killed, and eaten by crocodiles while on a hunting trip.

Van Zyl, who ran SS Pro Safaris, offered specials for hunters to spend a week or more on his hunting lands which border nature preserves, with the promise of killing up to seven different species for $9,000. He also offered other hunting expeditions with targets like elephants and giraffes, though specifics for those, including prices, aren’t listed on the company’s site. Photos of clients holding the bodies of several rare species are posted on Van Zyl’s site, along with the motto “Stop whining, go hunting.”

Eventually, a search party had to go hunt for Van Zyl, and after they found his backpack:

Authorities killed the crocs after getting clearance to do so and subsequently discovered human remains inside the stomach of one of them. Tests of the remains matched Van Zyl.

And unto dung we shall return.

(With thanks to Steffanie Malan.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    27 April 2017 · 6:47 pm

    I guess you can say we just THINK we are the top of the food chain.

    (I would not want to meet up with a wild boar out at one of my field sites.I have considered getting “protection” for that, but I suspect the gauge would have to be big enough to render it impractical to carry along with my other field gear. And I’m not that good of a shot, anyway)

  2. Jean »

    27 April 2017 · 11:31 pm

    Good riddance to the bastard.

  3. Holly H »

    28 April 2017 · 11:13 am

    Jean, I agree.

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