Kruger Park Elephant Tramples Two Female Staff Members, Killing One

An elephant in the Kruger National Park (KNP) has tragically killed a female staff member, and seriously wounded another.

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In a statement today, the park confirmed an employee of South African National Parks (SANParks) based in the Kruger National Park (KNP) was trampled to death by an elephant and another sustained serious injuries.

The tragic incident occurred when a group of SANParks employees were attacked by a herd of elephants yesterday – 30 March 2017 – late afternoon in the Mooiplaas Section of the Park near Mopani Camp.

The circumstances as to what actually happened is under investigation.

Police and Medical professionals were called to the scene to assist the two employees who were attacked, but they could not save the other colleague who had already lost her life when they arrived. The injured survivor was rushed to a hospital in Tzaneen.

“On behalf of the SANParks Management and Staff; we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and friends of the deceased; and to wish the other colleague who is currently in hospital a speedy recovery,” said the SANParks Acting Head of Communications, William Mabasa.

Source: SANParks