Four lions, dubbed the ‘Pride of Tshwane’, found hacked to death in reserve

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Four with their paws and jaws removed were found dead at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve outside Pretoria on Friday morning, the city of Tshwane’s agriculture MMC Dana Wannenburg said.

“Today is a sad day for Tshwane as we report that four lions were killed in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve last night,” Wannenburg said on Friday.

Rietvlei Nature Reserve. (City of Tshwane via Twitter)

Their butchered carcasses were found in the lion enclosure by conservation officials early in the morning.

The police were called in and suspect that the lions may have been poisoned and hacked apart on Thursday night. Their carcasses were taken to Onderstepoort for analysis.

“This brutal act will not go unpunished, and Tshwane Conservation officials, [SA Police Services] and national and provincial departments will work round the clock to identify and apprehend the perpetrators,” said Wannenburg.

The lions were regarded as the “pride of Tshwane”.The popular reserve is outside Pretoria.

In 2017, another two lions were suspected to have been poisoned at the reserve.

This article was first published by News24 on 25 October 2019.

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Irene Leggett
Irene Leggett

Does SA realise that when ALL their wildlife has been exterminated, wiped out, poached…..that NO tourists will bother to visit their country and spend their money there. Why should they, when all they will see are carcasses of the magnificent wildlife that has been murdered to satisfy the perverted tastes of hunters and the Asian markets for fake, bogus ‘medicines’ Wake up SA, protect your wildlife before its too late.

Peter Cetera Rocks!!

Sickening & heartbreaking.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Heartless despicable and cruel beyond measure


Why are we leaving the stewardship of theses magnificent animals in the hands of people who do not have the means to do the job properly?