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Ranger Attacked By Elephant In KNP

Date: 2005-02-24

A field ranger, Lance Corporal Wilson Ndlovu, was attacked and killed by an elephant while he was on normal patrol in the Stoltznek Section of the Kruger National Park yesterday morning.

The ranger, and his colleague, Field Ranger Raymond Nkuna, were busy with a bicycle patrol and were cycling 15 metres apart when the incident happened yesterday morning at around 07:30.

According to KNP investigators, who were on the scene soon after the incident happened, the area is surrounded by two-metre-high grass and the rangers wouldn’t have seen the elephants until the last possible moment.

Field Ranger Nkuna survived the incident.

“We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to the Ndlovu family on their loss. Lance Corporal Ndlovu was said to be one of the finest and most experienced field rangers in the KNP and we will mourn his loss for a long time,” said the KNP’s Executive Director, Dr Bandile Mkhize.

Lance Corporal Ndlovu is survived by three brothers (two of them work in the KNP and the oldest retired from KNP service recently), his wife and children, who live in the Mkhuhlu area.

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Issued by:
Raymond Travers, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4116, cell: 082 908 2677 or email:

William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communications, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: