Elephant tramples suspected poacher to death

Posted on 15 May 2013

It seems that animals do have a taste for revenge.

The Zimbabwean Sunday Mail has reported that the remains of Solomon Manjoro were found in Charara Game Reserve, northern Zimbabwe. He and an accomplice, Noluck Tafuruka, had entered the game reserve to poach elephants, but it appears that the pachyderm had plans of its own. Manjoro was trampled to death, and Tafuruka fled the scene, only to be arrested within the park and charged with possession of an unlicensed weapon. A third man, Godfrey Shonge, has been arrested in connection with the incident. Their trials are ongoing.

Although the animal came out on top this time (or so we hope, as its condition is currently unknown) elephant poaching has been increasing steadily all over our continent. Last week, 26 elephants were slaughtered in Dzanga Bai, a World Heritage Site in the Central African Republic. This “village of elephants” was one of the only places to view large numbers of the usually secretive forest elephant, whose numbers have decreased by almost two-thirds due to poaching in the last decade.

How do you think we can stem the flow of poaching in Africa? Let us know in the comments section.


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