Elephant kills tourist in natural park where visitors walk without guide

A elephant killed a South African tourist last Friday, October 8, 2021, in the Mana Pools National Park, the only one in Zimbabwe that allows its visitors to walk without a guide despite the presence of predators, confirmed today, October 14, to Efe the Management Authority of Wild Flora and Fauna of the country.

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The deceased, 71, and his son, 41, had got out of their car to photograph a herd of elephants that “it was 120 meters away and one of the elephants charged (against them). From that distance, returning to the vehicle was difficult for the old man, ”the agency’s spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo, explained to Efe.

The son managed to escape the attack, but the father (who was a capable old man and had visited the park frequently since 1986) was trampled on by the pachyderm, a female without fangs who was identified and killed that same day by park rangers, declared World Heritage for the UNESCO.

The elephant “He showed signs of aggression and irritation,” according to Farawo.

The deadly attacks of elephants and other wild animals are rare in the natural parks of ZimbabweBut when they do happen, they tend to affect the surrounding communities above all.

According to the latest data from June from the Flora and Fauna Management Authority wild in the country, at least 30 people succumbed to elephant attack during the first half of this year.

Mana Pools – located in the north of the country, near the border with neighboring Zambia – is unique among the national parks of Zimbabwe because, despite hosting dangerous animals such as leopards, lions and buffalo, it allows visitors to walk without the company of an armed guide.

Also last Friday, Clever Kapandura, a 48-year-old private game ranger, was killed by a elephant male near the tourist town Victoria Falls, located at one end of Victoria Falls and in northwestern Zimbabwe.

Kapandura had traveled to the area to respond to the complaint of a poaching incident when a solitary male pachyderm attacked the ranger – who later died of his injuries – and his two companions – who were unharmed – according to the Unit. of the Fight Against Poaching of Victoria Falls.

With information from EFE

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