An Elephant reportedly trampled a suspected poacher to death as he tried to shoot the animal in Zimbabwe. Rangers found the mangled remains of Solomon Manjoro at the protected Charara National Park, Gatshe-Gatshe, near Lake Kariba, northwest Zimbabwe.
According to Zimbabwe's official Sunday Mail, Manjoro entered the game reserve for an illegal hunting trip with a friend, Noluck Tafuruka, 29, who, in spite of his name was lucky to escape being trampled by the elephant.
According to Bulawayo24.com, Magunje police discovered the remains of Solomon Manjoro, alias Tshuma of Gokwe, a fortnight after his colleague Tafuruka of Nyamhunga village was arrested in the park.
Sunday Mail writes: "The poacher was trampled to death by an elephant after he failed to gun down the jumbo during a hunting expedition."
Tafuruka has been charged with illegal possession of firearm.
Authorities say another man Godfrey Shonge, 52, a resident of the capital Harare was also arrested in connection with the incident.
The Telegraph reports police say the men carried unlicensed guns, probably locally manufactured flint-lock weapons. They approached the elephant and fired at it. But instead of falling, it charged at them, trampling Manjoro in the process.
Sunday Mail reports that Tafuruka and Godfrey Shonge of Hatfield area in Harare appeared before Karoi magistrate Mrs Nyaradzo Ringisayi. The men were charged with contravening a section of the Parks and Wildlife Act and illegal possession of firearms.
According to The Telegraph, the court heard that Manjoro and Tafuruka entered the National Park illegally between April 19 and 26 with the sole intention of poaching.
Digital Journal reports elephant poaching for ivory is a major issue in Africa. The international trade in ivory will lead to the extinction of African elephants if effective measures are not taken to curb it. Poachers slaughter whole elephants to harvest the ivory. There is a big black market demand for ivory in China.
Digital Journal also reported in April that the authorities at the Limpopo National Park (PNL) in Mozambique announced that poachers have wiped out all the rhinos in the park. Poachers traffic in rhino horns to meet the Asian market demand for preparations believed falsely to have medicinal properties.