A 52-year old Kariba man was trampled to death by a jumbo this morning while on his way to work, becoming the sixth person to be killed by wild animals this year alone.
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority (Zimparks) Public Relations Manager Tinashe Farawo confirmed the incident, describing it as a direct result of the increasing human and wildlife conflict.
“We can confirm that a 52-year old man was killed by an elephant this Thursday morning in Kariba. This is the 6th case this year as a result of increasing cases of human and wildlife conflict due to the increase in the elephant herd over the years,” he said.
Residents say they are living in perpetual fear of wild animals with the Zimparks authorities handicapped by law and international treaties to kill the marauding wild animals.
“The man was going to work with his friend when they were attacked. One of them managed to run away but this one was unfortunate and was killed. This is now happening a lot of times and we are now worried. Surprisingly, the authorities are not killing the animals yet they are a serious threat to human beings,” said one witness.
Beyond the jumbos, residents of Kariba are living with the menace of leopards while baboons are constantly becoming a nuisance, ransacking homes and snatching groceries from residents.