Elephant tramples tourists to death in Zambia

Wild elephant walking through lodge grounds in Zambia

A photo from Maramba’s Facebook page showing an elephant at the lodge in Livingstone © Maramba Facebook

Sourced from third-party site: Traveller24, written by Gabi Zietsman

Two tourists were trampled to death in Zambia on Saturday while trying to take photos close to a wild elephant.

According to AFP, a 64-year-old Dutch man and a 57-year-old Belgium woman were on safari at Maramba River Lodge in Livingstone. They were trying to get close to the animal to take pictures, which led to the elephant charging the woman.

Police spokesperson Danny Mwale said they found the bodies lying on the ground with multiple injuries.

The Senior Wildlife Warden for the southern region Lewis Daka told the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) that the man tried to save the woman but also got trampled. His department is urging lodge owners to provide guides to visitors to make sure that tourists don’t get so close to the animals.

ZNBC reports that there’s been an influx of the giant animals in Livingstone and Mosi-o-tunya National Park, and that last week a security officer at another nearby lodge was also trampled by elephants on his way to work. He was cycling through the park when an elephant charged, leading to his company banning employees from travelling through the park to work.

The area has had similar incidents with elephants before. A Zimbabwean tour guide was also trampled by a domesticated elephant that was used in back ride safaris. On Maramba’s social media accounts and website, it advertises these same elephant back ride safaris, and uses the elephants who roam its lodge close to its facilities as a unique attraction.

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