Karma Strikes Again: Trophy Hunter Killed by Elephant

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Karma has really been a bitch to trophy hunters in Zimbabwe over the past couple of months. Early last month Scott Van Zyl, the owner of a South African operation, was eaten by the crocodiles he’d intended to kill.

On May 19, his friend Theunis Botha, the owner of another South African trophy-hunting company, was killed by an elephant at the Good Luck Farm, a ranch near Zimbabwe’s .

The group Botha was leading on a hunting safari unwittingly wandered into a breeding herd of elephants, the Telegraph reports.

Photo credit: YouTube

When three elephant cows charged the hunters, Botha tried to shoot them. To stop him, a fourth elephant cow charged him from the side and lifted Botha with her trunk. One of the other trophy hunters fatally shot that elephant. She dropped Botha and collapsed on top of him, him.

Rest in peace, poor elephant.

Theunis Botha Big Game Safaris has been in business since the early 1980s. In 1991, Botha opened his first hunting ranch with his wife. At the time of his death, he owned private hunting ranches in Zimbabwe, , and .

“A passionate and professional hunting outfitter operation focused on giving his clients a unique exiting [sic] African safari experience,” says the Theunis Botha Big Game Safaris and Hounds website.

“Passionate?” Botha was famous among other trophy hunters for “Monteria hunts,” which are especially despicable. This cowardly method of “hunting” – which involves no actual hunting whatsoever — puts dogs in danger by using them as bait to chase animals toward the losers lying in wait to shoot them.

In Europe, Monteria hunts traditionally involve deer and boar. Botha, however, gained his fame using this egregious method to kill lions and leopards.

Just like his buddy Van Zyl, Botha posted disturbing and graphic videos on YouTube of these kills. One you really don’t want to watch shows hunters elephants, crocodiles and other creatures and then, with big ol’ smiles on their faces, standing beside their kills. Botha is seen holding up huge elephant tusks and grinning beside a dead elephant.

While elephants apparently weren’t worth much more than their tusks to Botha, unlike him and his clients, these magnificent creatures have the capability to be compassionate.

“Research on elephants is full of examples of the animals apparently behaving empathetically — recognizing and responding to another elephant’s pain or problem,” notes National Geographic. “Often, they even make heroic efforts to assist one another.”

That’s exactly what that elephant cow was doing when she was killed trying to saving the lives of others in her herd. At least her death wasn’t completely in vain. She permanently saved her herd and other wildlife from someone who profited and took pleasure fromkilling innocent animals.

It’s highly unlikely, but wouldn’t it be great if, spooked by the deaths of Van Zyl and Botha, other trophy hunters decide not to take any chances and take up a humane hobby instead? Karma can actually be a very beautiful thing.

This article was first published by Care2.com on 25 May 2017.


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esperanza pinto martinez
esperanza pinto martinez

recibió de lo mismo que daba ojalá que todos esos asesinos mueran de la misma forma

Robert Wiseman


Honey Tiwari

Such a big

Christine Smith


M Leybra
M Leybra

Who could’ve dreamt up a more fitting end for an elephant killer in the most wildest of dreams? If she were human, would be hailed as true martyr in the rest of history.

Jc Loh

KARMA the beautiful, I salute thee.

Amanda Kreider

Wonderful I hope it was a slow and painful death asshole

Wilkin Mart

that elephant shoved its lovely ivory tusk into that asshole ass till life ozzed out of that worthless inhumane life

Patti Phillips

Good riddance!

Lucy Colby

Elephants have already reached ths tipping point. There are now more of them being dying/ being killed than are being born. It’s been extrapolated that they may be extirpated in the wild in less than 20 years.

June Jones

Human disgrace…..

Marianne Gibson

Yeah ##!!!

Marianne Gibson

Why in the hell would any /#!!^/=%_=%€€€want to shoot an elephant? ?? . I understand there are not that many left. ……..

M Leybra
M Leybra

Too sweet. Only part that hurts is not being able to ask Botha what it feels like to have an elephant collapse on top of you, smile. Brave, beautiful beast, who knew exactly who these invaders were w/ their aggressiveness stance & visible weapons. And what those weapons could do if she attacked & she did anyway & gave up her life.

Lois Palmer-Alderson

Just love it!!!

Ann Klein


Dawn BoyerPhd

Karma’s a Bitch!

Beatrice Lavagnino

this is the best news I read today!!! So sorry about the elephant. Karma. KARMA.

Chandy Wik


Neila Wood

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this story–that POS got what he deserved! But the poor elephant that sacrificed herself–RIP Hopefully KARMA will keep up this beautiful revenge–Watchout Frump Boys the animals will hopefully get REVENGE on you TWO!

Beverly Dees Egner

Karma always get you in the end!

Dulcie Beak

As you say RIP elephant.

Theresa Kemp

Such a shame the elephant also had to die. Karma, keep up the good work. The more you do the faster you will be able to work and these idiots may start to realise that there really are consequences.

Stacey Dunn

Good article..Trophy hunters are Not hunting for food for the locals as some people would like to believe.

Lucy Colby

This is SO true. It’s just PR bullsh*t disseminated by these safari companies. Too many people believe it, though.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

and when the spacemen landed on earth
they looked around,
with glee and mirth
the two legged humans
that overpopulate
would be great decorations
for their walls and plates.
the hapless homo sapiens
as they realized their fate
also realized their own
but alas
it was

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Ken Billington you are very welcome, ken and thank you

JD Creager

Alas the bunny huggers, they are the worst of their kind.
Sucking up oxygen and loosing their mind.

The huggers do nothing to help the wildlife.
They bitch and whine it is all their life.

conservation the hugger truely do not understand.
If they did they would change their hand.

Hunters spent millions on their hobby.
Hugger just whine and cry with their lobby.

Robert Wiseman

JD Creager You are SO FULL OF B.S. Wow. Butthurt much? We true conservationists spend MILLIONS on saving and helping wildlife. Just look to the Seirra Club, IFAW, Born Free, Humane Society, Compassionworks International, Wildlife Defenders… you are so wrong. LIES. Hunters love to tell LIES. KILLING IS NOT CONSERVATION.

Lois Carol Wessels

RETRIBUTION – just like Animal Farm by George Orwell! Human Beings need to respect animals instead of equating them to an ATM. I have absolutely no sympathy
for the hunter – pity the poor elephant was shot!

Mary Sue Akin

Too bad the elephant died

Bernie Watchorn Byrne


Tara Wikramanayake

Serves him right. I have no sympathy for trophy hunters or any other hunters.

Chloe Kloppers-Visser

i have a bottle of champagne – I raise my glass to a brave ellie! I hate these trophy hunters killing innocent beautiful animals.

Patricia Robinson

That’s to bad but not unexpected

Rikki Salty

trophies suck! Be a real man & respect your country! Any fool can point a gun!

Eugene Rae

If I had a bottle of champagne handy I’d raise a glass.

Michele Jankelow
Michele Jankelow

Love natures way of explaining!

Maria Manuela Lopes

Jungle justice is done

JD Creager

Not even close to the jungle, again a hugger proves how little they know.

Robert Wiseman

JD Creager It’s a saying, JD. A saying, sunshine.

David Varnum
David Varnum

End ALL this trophy hunting crap!