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When nature turns foe

IN Zambia, just like in many other African countries, elephants are not only being squeezed into smaller and smaller areas, but farmers plant crops that elephants like to eat. As a result, elephants sometimes raid and destroy crop fields.
However, in the South Luangwa National Park, people have learnt to symbiotically live with the world’s largest land mammals, thereby creating a great paradigm of an eco-tourism-based economy.
But like other beasts, elephants have their own instincts, they are wild and can be very dangerous, too.
Last week, It’s Wild got a report regarding the death of a village scout in Lupande Game Management Area (GMA) in Mfuwe.
According Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) communications and public relations officer Readith Muliyunda, the scout was killed by an elephant in Mboola village.
“ZAWA regrets to inform you of the sad and untimely death of village scout Lameck Chisangu after being attacked by an elephant in Mboola village in Lupande Game Management Area last week,” she said.
Facts are that on September 26, in the night, Chisangu, 34, of Kakumbi Community Resource Board, woke up to the noise of villagers trying to scare away elephants that had strayed in the village.
“Upon hearing the noise, he rushed out of his house to assist but was unfortunately attacked by one of the elephants. He was then rushed to the hospital in the area where he died,” Ms Muliyunda said.
Chisangu leaves behind a wife and four children.
The authority has since managed to control one of the elephants although it is not clear how many elephants there were at the time of the attack.
Lupande GMA buffers the South Luangwa National Park in Mfuwe.
In Livingstone, members of the public are warned that two lions are reported to have strayed into Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.
The lions are suspected to have either come from across the borders with neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe or from Kafue National Park.
There are no lions in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, and experts say any lions seen there could only come from the neighbouring countries or the Kafue National Park via Mulobezi.
People entering the park require extra caution and cycling after 18:00 hours and before 06:00 hours should be avoided.
Operators conducting walks in the park should guarantee that all their clients are escorted by a wildlife police officer to avoid accidents.
Currently, ZAWA officers are on the ground trying to locate the exact location of the cats.
Till next week, continue being curious about nature and conserve it with the environment. Bye.
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