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Poacher Trampled to Death by Enraged Elephant

Ivory is a precious commodity in many parts of the world, elephants are often poached for it.

Ivory is a precious commodity in many parts of the world, elephants are often poached for it.

Solomon Manjoro and companion Noluck Tafuruka entered Zimbabwe’s Charara National Park armed with rifles late last month, in what officials suspect was a poaching trip. Their target was the African elephant, which has always provided a lucrative trade for poachers trafficking in ivory. African elephants are under some degree of protection in every country where they are found, but wildlife officials are struggling to defend their large ranges from opportunistic poachers.

According to The Telegraph, the pair managed to approach a male elephant inside the game reserve section of the park, where Manjoro fired off a shot. Due to bad aim, the shot only caused the large mammal to take notice of the two men and it proceeded to chase them down. Manjoro was outdistanced by the animal and fatally trampled. A short while later Tafuruka was arrested by park rangers, who recovered Manjoro’s body. Another man, Godfrey Shonge, was also arrested in connection with the attempted poaching and the two men will be facing several charges including illegal firearm possession and violation of wildlife laws.

Poaching in Africa’s national parks has increased over recent years due to a spike in the demand for ivory. The Elephant Advocacy League estimates that about 40,000 elephants are killed annually. Experts believe that number equates to a 10 percent decline in the overall population every year. On the black market one pound of raw ivory can be worth anywhere between $270 to several thousand, depending on the quality and location.

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  • RPJ

    YES! Score one for the elephant! Doom to all poachers. Gotta love karma.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003275584810 Laurie Lee Dovey

    Bravo for the elephant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/glenn.hutchinson.503 Glenn Hutchinson

    If that stuff is selling for that amount of money I may start poaching Elephant myself!

    • Juanita

      Great idea Glenn. Be sure and wear your camo when you are sitting in your elephant stand. Be sure and stay in your stand and don’t leave your stand until to see an elephant. And while you are waiting for an elephant to pass by you can pass the time learning your ABC’s and counting up to ten without using your fingers. Oh and dont forget to ask for the elephant tag for your hunting license the next time you are in WalMart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rob.kesselring Rob Kesselring

    Do not buy ivory. If you own anything made of elephant ivory do not sell it or display it, destroy it. The poaching will stop when the demand fizzles out.

  • Juanita

    Hope the poacher’s death was slow and painful.

  • James Lightfoot

    If they had a felony murder rule over there, the survivors could be charged with the murder of the one trampled by the elephant.

  • Mack Eavelo

    I doubt that they were after the Ivory, no one will buy ivory any more…. they probably were starving people after meat enough to feed their families for a long time….. a Poacher is use to that and will have a good aiming….