Elephants kill ranger in Zimbabwe park

via Elephants kill ranger in Zimbabwe park | News24 2013-10-22

Elephants attacked and killed a veteran ranger on patrol in Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve, Hwange, where over 300 pachyderms have been poisoned since July, a wildlife official said on Tuesday.

The 61-year-old ranger was killed by three elephants on Monday when he stepped out of his patrol base to “relieve himself”, the wildlife authority said in a statement.

Zimbabwe officials have beefed up game park patrols after reporting that more than 100 elephants were killed by poachers using cyanide poisoning in recent months.

An independent wildlife conservation group puts the toll at 325.

Twelve people have been arrested in connection with the killings and five have already been handed prison sentences of a minimum of 15 years each.

 

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    Jogo Bonita 7 years ago

    Sorry to the ranger but looks like the elephants are now on a revenge mission.

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      Martin 7 years ago

      Jogo, I have to agree with your comment. Seeing some humans mis-treating the herds and being shot at, chased and hacked to death – I am sure the poor creatures must be so traumatised that would now attack first….a dreadful state of affairs….thank you Mr. Ranger for all your years service and RIP.

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    munzwa 7 years ago

    WHy still no names on who masterminded this poison attack?

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    Nyoni 7 years ago

    Our condolences go out to the family of this brave ranger. We hope the family is cared for from now on.

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    We have only one name so far The name is Munzwa. you are our first suspect

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    chomi 7 years ago

    Where did these people take the tusks to?

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    Kisti-yatota 7 years ago

    the minister of tourism n conservancy n information went to see the animal, only took pictures n left…..could not help the elephant…….they had a mini-conference where they decided to take the law into their own hands. the have broken thru