German Tourist Trampled to Death by Elephant in Zimbabwe Game Reserve

A solitary bull elephant is seen at the Amboseli National Park June 22, 2018.
Amboseli is among the most renowned case studies in the world for elephant population and behavioural factors with the last official count of the perchyderms, done in the year 2011, yielding some 1200 animals. Preparations are underway for an Elephant aerial census over the 392 square-kilometre park with trial runs kicking off in June. / AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA

A 49-year-old German woman was trampled to death by an elephant in a popular game reserve in northern Zimbabwe as she tried to photograph it, a wildlife official said Thursday.

The attack happened on Wednesday at the Mana Pools game reserve after the woman apparently left the protection of the vehicle she had been travelling in.

“The information we have is that the tourists encountered a herd of elephants when they were entering the park and they started taking pictures,” said Tinashe Farawo, spokesman of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.

“We do not know what irritated the animals which resulted in the woman being attacked.

“She passed on last night (Wednesday) from injuries.”

The woman was not named by officials.

Attacks by elephants are common in Zimbabwe which has a population of around 84,000 pachyderms.

Last year a trained elephant trampled a tour guide in Victoria Falls, a tourist resort in the country’s west.

Another local man was also killed in a separate incident last year after he had tried to drive elephants into the open to take pictures.