A 49-year-old Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority ranger was killed by an elephant while on patrol at Rifa Education Camp in Chirundu during early December. Mashonaland West Provincial police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabweazara identified the deceased as Mukusa Mathews. Inspector Mabweazara said Mathews and Muphin Chirisa were on patrol when they were visited by the now deceased’s niece, Catherine Muzeza. They took Muzeza home and on their way back they encountered a herd of elephants.One of the elephants charged towards the rangers, who were armed with AK47 rifles. Mathews fired a shot in the air to stop it, but it kept charging. It attacked Mathews, breaking his skull and legs, and he died instantly.
A rogue lion has killed the 71-year old Lucy Bakari from the village of Masuguru in the Nanyumbu District. The villagers claim that game officers did not respond to their requests for assistance, so they went hunting the lion. One Fadhili Dijangu killed the lion with an axe during the hunt.