Tragedy struck at the Le Bonheur crocodile farm in Paarl, near Cape Town, when well known guide and artist Johann Burger was attacked and killed by a crocodile.
Mr Burger, who worked in the public display areas at Le Bonheur as a guide and landscaper, was respected by staff and his community for his artwork, landscaping skills and knowledge of botany. The comments on his Facebook page reveal how respected and adored this man was.
Le Bonheur is a crocodile farm with over 1,000 crocs. According to their website: “Visitors have an opportunity to touch a baby croc, view crocs underwater through aquarium style viewing panels, and during summer months witness a feeding…”
Le Bonheur issued a statement: “Johann’s passing is a huge shock to all that has worked with him and who knows him. We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family and friends. We would like to issue heartfelt thanks to everyone who have since offered their support; it is greatly appreciated during this traumatic time…”
Crocodile viewing at Le Bonheur has been suspended until further notice.