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Zimparks: 16 killed in crocodile attacks this year

Official figures show that 23 people died and 22 more were injured by wildlife, including lions, hippos and elephants.

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HARARE - Zimbabwe National Parks authority says that 16 people have been killed by crocodiles so far this year.

Official figures show that 23 people died and 22 more were injured by wildlife, including lions, hippos and elephants.

These 16 people were killed in separate crocodile attacks between January and July.

The state parks and wildlife authority says that five other people were killed by elephants, and two others by a buffalo and a lion.

Conservation groups said after heavy rains earlier this year, crocodiles had swum up rivers to areas where they don’t normally occur.

These latest figures don’t include people killed by snakes, which were also said to have become more active after the rains.

Last month, the health ministry said that 21 people had died from snake bites this year, out of more than 3,000 people bitten.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)