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05/14/2013

Elephant tramples his would-be poacher to death in Zimbabwe

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Elephants at Sambaru reserve in Kenya, Africa. (AFP photo)

Some may call this poetic justice: a poacher was trampled to death by the elephant he was trying to kill.

According to Zimbabwe’s Sunday Mail, the trampled remains of Solomon Manjoro were found over two weeks ago by police in Magunje, in northwestern Zimbabwe. The poacher was allegedly in the Charara National Park in Kariba.

Another alleged poacher, Noluck Tafuruka, 29, was arrested for possessing a firearm without a licence.

The Sunday Mail said the dead poacher and Tafuruka visited the national park between April 19 and 26.

The Telegraph reported that the two men had faced the elephant head-on in an attempt to shoot it but didn’t work as the elephant reportedly charged and took Manjoro down.

But overall, the pachyderms are losing the battle.

Twenty-six elephants were massacred in the Dzanga Bai World Heritage Site in the Central African Republic, said the World Wildlife Fund.

According to reports, 17 armed men entered an area locally known as the “village of elephants” where dozens of elephants gather every day.

WWF said its staff counted at least 26 elephant carcasses in and around the Bai. Four of the elephants were calves.

Local villagers had started taking meat from the carcasses, said WWF.

There were as many as 5 million elephants in Africa 70 years ago. Today, just several hundred thousand are left and in the past year, an estimated 32,000 elephants were killed for their ivory.

Black-market ivory sells for about $1,300 per pound.

Raveena Aulakh is the Star's environment reporter. She is intrigued by climate change and its impact, now and long-term, and wildlife. Follow her on Twitter @raveenaaulakh

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