60 Zimbabweans killed by elephants this year – The Citizen

Sixty Zimbabweans have been killed by elephants so far this year, as a conservation success story has led to growing conflict with humans, the government the spokesman said Tuesday.

With 100,000 elephants, Zimbabwe has the second largest population in the world after Botswana and about a quarter of the elephants in all of Africa.

Unlike much of the world, where poachers have killed animals for their tusks, Zimbabwe’s elephant population is growing at about five percent a year.

“In some areas, elephants are moving in numerous herds and devoured everything in the fields and now they are moving on farms, forcing community members to take revenge, injuring some of the elephants,” government spokesman Nick said on Twitter. Mangwana.

“The injured have become aggressive and uncontrollable,” Mangwana said.

“The issue of the conflict between humans and wildlife has become quite emotional. This year alone, 60 Zimbabweans lost their lives to elephants and 50 were injured, “she said.

Mangwana said the animals killed 72 people in 2021.

The animals roam outside of Zimbabwe’s vast game reserves.

But population growth and poverty are also forcing rural Zimbabweans to move to areas that put them in conflict with animals.

Zimbabwe has a population of around 15 million, which is growing at around 1.5% per year.

Tinashe Farawo, of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, told AFP it had warned of the “disaster” unless the number was reduced.

“The threat is likely to increase as we approach the dry season, when the herds will move in search of water and food,” he said.

Farawo said rangers have been deployed to take down the most dangerous elephants.

Conservationists say Zimbabwe can support around 45,000 elephants, which require vast land for grazing.

The elephant trade is banned internationally, but the government has begun to consider contraceptives or hunting licenses to manage the herd.