Xinhua
May 23, 2018

ARUSHA, TANZANIA: A 35-year-old farmer was trampled to death Tuesday by an
elephant in southern Tanzania’s district of Tunduru, local leaders said on
Wednesday.

The deceased has been identified as Zuberi Maocha of Mishaje village in
Tunduru District, Ruvuma Region, about 1,205 km from Tanzania’s commercial
capital Dar es Salaam.

Wema Waziri, Mishaje village chairperson, said that the farmer was trying
to ward off the elephants, which stormed his maize farm in the area close
to Selous Game Reserve, one of the largest faunal reserves of the world,
located in the south of Tanzania.

According to the village leader, the incident occurred on Tuesday at around
1 p.m. local time.

“One of the elephants, which had a calf, charged against Maocha and
trampled on him to his death,” she said.

Nombo Sandari, a ranger with Chingoli Wildlife Management Area (WMA) also
said: “Before his death, the deceased screamed to seek support from
neighboring farmers but in vain as there was nobody came out to rescue him.”

He said the elephant strayed from Selous Game Reserve seeking for pastures
and water.

Limbega Ally, Tunduru District Acting Wildlife Officer said: “We’ve
dispatched a team of 11 rangers into the affected areas to help return all
the elephants to their natural environment.”

Last year, another farmer was trampled to death by a herd of marauding
elephants in the same district.

According to the most recent elephant census, published in June 2015,
Tanzania has 43,000 elephants, down from 109,000 in 2009.