Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Elephants and crocodiles kill seven people in Malawian national park

Park's new managers, African Parks, say they will fence Liwonde National Park following the deaths of three poachers and four other people through encounters with crocodiles and elephants

By Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg

6:58PM BST 29 Sep 2015

Elephants and crocodiles have killed seven people in the past two months in one Malawian national park, its new managers have revealed as they prepare to fence in the wildlife.

African Parks, a Johannesburg-based wildlife NGO, said three poachers were among those killed in and around Liwonde National Park, one of the country’s most celebrated tourist attractions in its southern section.

One was killed by an elephant and the other two by crocodiles, while another poacher lost his arm to one of the reptiles, it said.

Two other people died after coming into contact with elephants raiding nearby crops, and another two when they encountered crocodiles outside of the park.

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