Theunis Botha, a big game hunter, died in Zimbabwe, a country in Southern Africa, when an elephant who suffered from a bullet wound fell on him.
According to his official website, Mr. Botha offered safaris in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
He specialized in using hounds to hunt down leopards and lions, though dozens of other animals are also listed on the site, including jackals, baboons, warthogs and hyenas.
Botha, who was 51 years old at the time of his death, started leading big game hunts back in the 1980s as a means to sponsor himself through college for a Psychology and Anthropology degree.
According to his company’s website, Theunis eventually built that gig into Theunis Botha Big Game Safaris, which became a full-time career and business for Theunis Botha.
The business grew to include hunting areas in Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Namibia.
A Wounded Elephant Killed Theunis Botha
Theunis’ unfortunate death was reported on his company’s official Facebook page on May 22, 2017.
“It is with great sadness that we have learned that our great friend, and passionate Leopard man, Theunis Botha has passed away on a hunt in Zimbabwe. He was killed when an elephant breeding herd charged his party while on safari in Zimbabwe. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
Theunis was known as an expert houndsman who introduced the use of European-style “Monteria hunts” in South Africa.
The Monteria uses packs of trained dogs to chase game towards hunters ready to pull the trigger.
Although this hunting technique is typically used for smaller animals like deer, Botha honed the style for bigger beasts like leopards and lions. His website highlights that:
“Botha perfected lion and leopard hunting safaris with hounds in Africa, and he focused on giving his clients a unique and exciting African safari experience.”
Theunis Botha was on a 10-day licensed hunt with a group of hunters in Good Luck Farm when they came upon a group of breeding elephants.
The elephants charged at the group, who then opened fire. One of the elephants attacking from the side was dauntless despite continuous shooting by the hunters.
With its trunk, the creature lifted Botha from the ground. This prompted one of the other hunters to shoot.