Man, 40, trampled to death by an elephant in Samburu village (Kenya)
Cyrus Ombati, The Star
February 5, 2024
Police and Kenya Wildlife Service officials are investigating an incident
in which a 40-year-old man was trampled to death by an elephant in Samburu
The body of Mwenda alias Kiongozi was found by residents in Lolkunono
village on Sunday long after he had been killed, police said.
Police said he was attacked and killed by an elephant on his way home on
February 3, night.
The officers from Maralal police station and KWS officers from Maralal
visited the scene and found the body, which had multiple injuries on the
head and stomach lying on the roadside.
The body was moved to the Samburu County Referral Hospital mortuary
awaiting post-mortem exercise.
There are fears residents may try to trace, attack and kill the animal in
Such attacks are common in the area. This is part of the wildlife-human
conflict that is common in places near national parks.
KWS has mounted a campaign to address the menace, which includes fencing
The government and conservation groups have a compensation program for
people and herders whose livestock are killed by wild animals.
Officials said the loss of habitat and climate change threatened the number
of wild animals and that their future looked "bleak".
The officials say policies aimed at enabling communities to co-exist with
wildlife were vital.