Elephant Killer: Rainer Schorr Paid $60,000 For Hunt

Elephant Killer: Rainer Schorr Paid $60,000 For Hunt
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In Zimbabwe, hunting is legally permitted in certain areas. And this German was very proud of his recent trophy, Africa’s biggest elephant, as he posed next to his prey in photographs that were circulated on October 8. Since then, animal rights groups have been on a quest to hunt this man.


Well, the chase is over.

Rainer Schorr, a real estate CEO, has been identified as the predator who sparked global outrage and grief for the last few weeks. The victim is the biggest elephant killed in Africa for almost 30 years.

According to The Telegraph, PETA – the animal rights group – in Germany offered a €1,000 reward to anyone who could identify the hunter photographed posing with the corpse of the elephant killed in Gonarezhou National Park in south-east Zimbabwe. Some of Schorr’s former friends came forward and identified him from the photos. In fact, three different sources have reportedly done so.

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Schorr, 55, reportedly paid $60,000 (£39,000) for permission to hunt the enormous elephant which boasted tusks that weighed 122lbs. The incident comes on the heels of the death of Cecil the Lion.

Reports claim that Schorr was accompanied by a local pro who specialized in finding large elephants. The business mogul reportedly travelled to Zimbabwe on a 21-day game hunt that included species among the Big Five of elephants, leopards, lions, buffalos and rhinos.

However, when contacted by The Telegraph, Schorr said, “I don’t know what you are talking about. You have the wrong person.” Schorr claimed that he was at a trade fair in Munich between October 5 and 8, the same time the hunting took place.

A former friend of the businessman, who ended his eight-year friendship with the German CEO more than a year ago, told Telegraph, “I was a little bit surprised because after that (Cecil) lion in summer … We are no longer in the times when you can do something like that. Why should we hunt these animals today?” said the man asking not to be named. He went on to confirm that Schorr was, in fact, in Zimbabwe during the hunt, as confirmed by a mutual friend.

According to the former friend, hunting was Schorr’s “big passion,” and that the millionaire partly owned a 12,000-acre farm in Namibia where he would indulge in this pursuit.

Ingrid Newkirk, the president of PETA, said in a statement: “This cowardly, miserable trophy hunter thought he could get away with gunning down a majestic elephant, posing with his corpse, and concealing these despicable actions from the public.”