Poacher trampled to death

Solomon Manjoro had been trying to poach in the Charara National Park in April.

A poacher was trampled to death by an elephant near the northern resort of Lake Kariba. Picture: animal.nationalgeographic.com

ZIMBABWE - Game poaching is a growing headache in Zimbabwe, as in much of sub-Saharan Africa, but in a rare example of just how dangerous a sport it can be, police reported on Sunday that a poacher was trampled to death by an elephant near the northern resort of Lake Kariba.

The Sunday Mail said the remains of Solomon Manjoro have been recovered by police.

He was understood to have been trying to poach in Charara National Park in April.

Two men who were working with him have since been arrested and appeared in court on firearms charges.

It is not clear exactly what happened, but the report said he tried and failed to shoot an elephant.

The Kariba area is particularly rich in big and often dangerous game.

In March three lions had to be killed near Kariba town after they killed two people.