Nehanda Radio

3 January 2019

Villagers in Sanyati are counting their losses in the current agricultural season after marauding elephants destroyed their crops.

Villagers in Sanyati are counting their losses in the current agricultural season after marauding elephants destroyed their crops.
Villagers in Sanyati are counting their losses in the current agricultural season after marauding elephants destroyed their crops.

The perennial problem, prevalent in Chegutu 6 and Chenjire areas, has forced Sanyati Rural District Council to pass a resolution to engage Zimparks on the issue. The elephants destroy crops during the night.

Speaking to The Herald, Sanyati Rural District Council chairman Mr Patson Chakauya said the affected areas were in Ward 7, 14 and 15.

He also warned villagers to be cautious as the elephants did not only pose danger to their crops, but can eventually attack humans.

“Elephants are destroying fields near the game park mostly in Chegutu 6 and Chenjire areas under ward 7, 14 and 15.

“The destruction is so severe that villagers in these areas are now bracing for the worst this farming season,” he said.

The local authority recently adopted a recommendation that had been proposed by the Land Use Planning and Conversation Committee to curb the dangers posed by the marauding elephants.

Part of the council resolution reads: “That, council engages the Parks and Wildlife Authority to find a lasting solution to marauding elephants in the district.”

Mr Chakauya, however, said despite the danger being posed by the elephants, the community was also benefiting from Campfire arrangements.

He said out of four elephants killed by the Zimparks this year, council was rightfully allocated its share. The Herald

Newsday

3 January 2019

A 61-YEAR-OLD Chipinge man was trampled to death by stray elephants along the Save River in the Chibuwe-Murovhoti area on Tuesday.

BY VANESSA GONYE

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesperson Tinashe Farawo confirmed the incident yesterday.

“We received a report that two men were attacked by elephants while herding cattle along the Save River. One escaped, leaving the old man behind — who then died as a result of the attack. We are still investigating the matter,” he said.

Farawo said the growing elephant population in the Chipinge-Masvingo area was to blame for the increasing cases of human-wildlife conflicts.

“There is an indication of a ballooning of elephants from the usual 5 000 to 13 000 where the carrying capacity for the area is pegged at 5 000 elephants. It means the elephants can freely make their way to communities, and we end up having this problem because the elephant population is more than double the carrying capacity, thereby endangering human lives,” he said.