Elephant Tramples Poacher To Death: What Happened To Solomon Manjoro? [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on May 14, 2013 3:21 PM EDT

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An elephant tramples a poacher to death in Zimbabwe. (Photo: Creative Commons)

An elephant trampled a poacher to death in Zimbabwe. According to the local Sunday Mail, the mangled body of Solomon Manjoro was discovered by park rangers within the game reserve. Authorities presumed Manjoro was charged and trampled by an elephant after a failed poaching attempt.

"The poacher was recently trampled to death by an elephant after he failed to gun down the jumbo during a hunting expedition," reported the Zimbabwe state-controlled paper.

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Zimbabwe's Sunday Mail reports a total of three men were involved in the poaching attempt. 29-year-old Noluck Tafuruka and 52-year-old Godfrey Shonge, were later arrested in the park. The two suspects were charged with illegal possession of a firearm.

Armed with unlicensed weapons, poachers Manjoro and Tafuruka stood before the elephant and fired at it. However, the animal refused to go down and attacked the men instead.

Last week, Tafuruka and Shonge appeared in court to face charges of illegal possession of firearms as well as of the contravention of local wildlife regulation.

A continuing problem, LiveScience estimates nearly 25,000 elephants are killed in Africa each year.

What's more, the ivory black market continues to grow as demand in Asian countries have increased. Countries like China use ivory for ornaments, jewelry and even ivory powder as medicine.

New York Times reports that China is driving the illegal ivory trade more than any other nation on Earth. A staggering figure, African elephant experts claim the species is slaughtered at its highest rate in two decades. In the black market, ivory is sold at $1,300 a pound.

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