Trophy hunter who killed lions and elephants shot by robbers who ambushed him in South Africa

Trophy hunter who killed lions and elephants is shot dead by robbers who ambushed him when his truck broke down in South Africa

  • Riaan Naude ran Pro Hunt Africa which boasted of killing endangered animals
  • He was found dead next to his Toyota with a bullet to the head
  • His rifle was stolen and the two assailants allegedly fled in a white Nissan

A prolific trophy hunter who shot lions, giraffes and elephants in South Africa has been shot at close range after his truck broke down.

Riaan Naude, 55, ran the company Pro Hunt Africa which boasts of its “ecological hunting” while sharing gruesome images of endangered dead animals.

He was found dead next to his Toyota in Limpopo after dragging it to the side of the road as it overheated.

A prolific trophy hunter who shot lions, giraffes and elephants in South Africa was shot dead at close range after his truck broke down

Riaan Naude, 55, ran the company Pro Hunt Africa which boasts of its

Riaan Naude, 55, ran the company Pro Hunt Africa which boasts of its

Riaan Naude, 55, ran the company Pro Hunt Africa which boasts of its ‘ecological hunting’ while sharing gruesome images of dozens of dead animals

A witness said two men got out of a white Nissan, shot him in the head, stole a gun and then fled.

Naude was discovered with two shotguns, whisky, clothes, water and pajamas.

Police spokesman Lt. Col. Mamphaswa Seabi said they have yet to establish a motive.

He said: ‘The man was lying with his face up and there was blood on his head and face.

“The motive for the attack and subsequent murder is unknown at this stage.”

He was found dead next to his Toyota in Limpopo after dragging it to the side of the road when it overheated (pictured)

He was found dead next to his Toyota in Limpopo after dragging it to the side of the road when it overheated (pictured)

A local cattle rancher heard the single shot and then saw the Nissan speeding away towards Marken.

A pistol cartridge was found next to the body.

Naude’s company offered hunting safaris in northern South Africa near Kruger National Park.

A hunter’s daily rate costs £250, and customers can request a special rate to hunt the so-called Big Five of lion, leopard, black rhino, African bush elephant and African buffalo.

Other animals offered by Pro Hunt Africa include baboons, hyenas, zebras and warthogs.

The non-profit organization Protect All Wildlife claimed that Naude was involved in breeding and selling giraffes to customers solely for hunting purposes.

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Charles P. Patton