While I hardly relish the death of any person, this is a story that represents a rare victory of an elephant versus a poacher. Solomon Manjoro was one of many poachers who are killing off whole species to sell ivory or animal parts to willing buyers. Police say that he and accomplice Noluck Tafuruka, 29, went to the protected Charara safari area in Zimbabwe to kill an elephant but Manjoro ended up being trampled by his prey.
Tafuruka, 29, was later arrested inside the park and charged with illegal possession of a firearm. A third man, Godfrey Shonge, 52, was also arrested in Harare.
As these animals have become more rare and protection increases, the value of poaching has increased — resulting in more poaching of animals.
China remains the greatest market for these poached animal parts and continues to fund the international black market.