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    I just received a video where a tourist got killed when an elephant attacked a safari drive vehicle. 2 other tourists evacuated to Lusaka.

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    I dont know why the driver stopped the vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    I dont know why the driver stopped the vehicle.
    My question exactly…. Shouting hey, hey, hey to an aggro ellie is not going to work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    I dont know why the driver stopped the vehicle.
    He ran out of road. The followup pics show the road/track ends with only bush ahead.

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    Very sad

    One can only wonder what made the Ellie so upset? Does anyone know if the tourist was killed from the overturning of the truck, or if the Ellie kept attacking?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeepiscool View Post
    Very sad

    One can only wonder what made the Ellie so upset? Does anyone know if the tourist was killed from the overturning of the truck, or if the Ellie kept attacking?
    Speculation from me: It looks like he might have come around to the open side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vnielsen View Post
    My question exactly…. Shouting hey, hey, hey to an aggro ellie is not going to work!
    This was the same response from the recent Pilanesberg incident where the Ellie lifted the larger vehicle a number of times.

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    We were in Kafue some years back and found the elies very very agressive. Research after determined that there were widespread and almost uncontrolled poaching issues present and the ellies were unstable as a result. We had a good few closhish shaves with lone eli running like the one in the video. Run for a long way to get to 4x4s and not giving up. We became extra vigilant.

    Not sure now, but could explain it maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobH View Post
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    Maybe a bigger picture ? Even zooming in I can't read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HunterNW View Post
    Maybe a bigger picture ? Even zooming in I can't read.
    Sorry, it isn’t coming through clearly and it is the only copy I have.

    Basically they are saying the driver ran out of road and could drive no further.

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    It was a matter of time. Very sad for the parties involved, but there were just too many close shave incidents lately!
    There is never a right time to do the wrong thing and never a wrong time to do the right thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed rouillard View Post
    We were in Kafue some years back and found the elies very very agressive. Research after determined that there were widespread and almost uncontrolled poaching issues present and the ellies were unstable as a result. We had a good few closhish shaves with lone eli running like the one in the video. Run for a long way to get to 4x4s and not giving up. We became extra vigilant.

    Not sure now, but could explain it maybe.
    Uncontrolled poaching as Ed said is the biggest problem in Zambian parks. I was close by when a loge owner's girlfriend was trampled to death and it is a sound I will never forget. Poaching will increase now with the drought whilst people try to survive to the next season.

    Kafue ellies are forsure not circus ellies and it will happen again and again!

    So stay clear of them, be very alert and always make sure you have an escape route ....you cannot afford to run out of "runway" in the Kafue

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfuwefarmer View Post
    Uncontrolled poaching as Ed said is the biggest problem in Zambian parks. I was close by when a loge owner's girlfriend was trampled to death and it is a sound I will never forget. Poaching will increase now with the drought whilst people try to survive to the next season.

    Kafue ellies are forsure not circus ellies and it will happen again and again!

    So stay clear of them, be very alert and always make sure you have an escape route ....you cannot afford to run out of "runway" in the Kafue

    Yup, right.

    Will be there later this month and need to adjust as here in Bots we are used to go very close to them, not so in Zam, where we have to give them space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois Theron View Post
    It was a matter of time. Very sad for the parties involved, but there were just too many close shave incidents lately!
    It would be interesting to see if the increase in the number of incidents correlates with an increase in the number of visitors and or an increase in the incidents of poaching.

    I suspect that, like the increase in overlanding/overlanders, that there is also an increase in the number of visitors, as indicated by the increase in the number of operators and concessions in many parks. Whether or not this increase is a contributor is unknown but it would definitely lead to an increase in the frequency of human/animal contact over a given period.

    Kafue reported a 20% increase in tourists in 2023 over 2022 (16 000 compared to 12 000 in 2022).
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    The more guests the more animals calm down as they become used to them. But it still leaves a gap for a rogue incident, which statistically will be higher with increased visitor numbers.

    It should also lead to a decrease in poaching, more activity, eyes and all that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vnielsen View Post
    My question exactly…. Shouting hey, hey, hey to an aggro ellie is not going to work!
    Yeah, he should have shouted FOOOOOOTSACK...
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    INCIDENT AT LUFUPA ON 30 MARCH 2024

    Wilderness can today confirm that an 80-year-old female American guest was tragically killed by a bull elephant while on a game drive at its Kafue National Park destination in Zambia on Saturday (SUBS: 30 March). Another female guest was also injured in this incident, when an aggressive bull elephant charged the vehicle carrying six guests and a guide who were on a game drive from Lufupa Camp. The injured guest was taken to a private medical facility in South Africa while the other four guests received treatment for minor injuries. Trauma counselling has been provided to all involved.

    “At around 09h30 on Saturday the six guests were on the game drive when the vehicle was unexpectedly charged by the bull elephant. Our guides are all extremely well trained and experienced, but sadly in this instance the terrain and vegetation was such that the guide’s route became blocked and he could not move the vehicle out of harm’s way quickly enough” says Keith Vincent, Wilderness Chief Executive Officer.

    Vincent says Kafue National Park management were immediately called to assist and that they dispatched a helicopter to the scene. Given the nature of the incident, the Police, the Department of National Parks & Wildlife, and other authorities are involved in investigating the matter. Wilderness is cooperating fully with this process.

    “This is a tragic event and we extend our deepest condolences to the family of the guest who died. We are also, naturally, supporting those guests and the guide involved in this distressing incident. Out of sympathy to the family of the deceased and the other parties involved, it is requested that parties refrain from distributing any images or video footage of the incident on social media.”

    “Meanwhile our teams will continue to support the family of the deceased, as well those guests and staff impacted by this event. We will also be guided by the Zambian Government on the way forward” says Vincent

    The deceased will be repatriated to her family in the USA with the support of local Zambian authorities and the US Embassy in Lusaka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    It would be interesting to see if the increase in the number of incidents correlates with an increase in the number of visitors and or an increase in the incidents of poaching.

    I suspect that, like the increase in overlanding/overlanders, that there is also an increase in the number of visitors, as indicated by the increase in the number of operators and concessions in many parks. Whether or not this increase is a contributor is unknown but it would definitely lead to an increase in the frequency of human/animal contact over a given period.

    Kafue reported a 20% increase in tourists in 2023 over 2022 (16 000 compared to 12 000 in 2022).

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    Not good. Know that feeling!

    We had a elephant cow chased us in Gonarezhou park. Some elephants were standing in the track and blocked us, they did not wanted to move, and when I came closer a cow started coming towards the us at full speed. I reversed a few meters but realized its not going to work, then put in first and make a U-turn just in front of the ellie, full revs. Luckily there was an opening in the bush allowing me to make a U-turn. She chased us for another 100m or so. The next day we saw them again. A small calf had a snare on one foot. Since then we are very cautiously of their actions.
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