South African hunter crushed to death by Zimbabwean elephant

The licensed hunting world is mourning celebrated South African hunter Theunis Botha’s death after an elephant fell on him, this past weekend

Theunis Botha

Botha, 51, was at Good Luck Farm near Hwange National Park in Gwai with clients on a 10-day hunt.

Simukai Nyasha, a spokesman for the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Authority told The Independent that Botha and his party had ‘unknowingly’ happened on on a group of elephants with pregnant cows.

It is said the three of the elephants then charged at the party. Botha opened fire on the animals when another one came at him and lifted  him up with its trunk. At that point another member of Botha’s group fired at the elephant which fell on top of Botha resulting in his death.

The news was confirmed by his wife Carike on their joint Facebook page.

Botha was the owner at Big Game Safaris. The company’s website said he perfected Leopard and Lion hunting safaris with hounds in Africa.

The company’s Youtube account has documented numerous hunting escapades.

Sentiment on social media has been divided with some offering sympathy while animal rights activists have been largely negative.