A Saudi national was trampled to death by an elephant in Uganda, leading to an investigation by authorities.
The incident happened in Murchison Falls National Park, a popular tourist destination in the African country, on Tuesday.
The tourist, identified as Ayman Sayed Elshahany, was on safari, an adventure through a national park or reserves that involves spotting wildlife from inside a car.
Elshahany was with colleagues and was traveling to Arua town, according to a statement from Bashir Hangi, a spokesperson for the Uganda Wildlife Authority which manages the country’s national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, the agency reported. AFP press.
The group had stopped for a break during the safari.
“They stopped on the way and the deceased got out of the car, an elephant charged at him, killed him instantly,” Mr Hangi said.
Animal park officials have opened an investigation into the reasons for the death of the tourist and to determine why the elephant charged him.
They will also review safety protocols for tourists visiting the park to avoid a repeat of the incident, according to Hangi.
Uganda is famous for its diverse wildlife including African bush elephants, hippos, Nile crocodiles and African leopards. It has 10 national parks, 13 wildlife reserves and sanctuaries.
Several animal attacks have been reported in the country in recent years, which is not unheard of in this East African country.
In 2018, a three-year-old toddler was snatched from his family and eaten by a leopard at a safari park in Uganda.
Elephants have also been a source of fear for locals who live near national parks.
Residents of Karusandara sub-county in Kasese district have asked the Uganda Wildlife Authority to establish more ranger outposts to control animal attacks in the community last year after that a 60-year-old man was killed by an elephant.
While Uganda relies heavily on tourism with the help of its diverse wildlife, animal-human conflicts near some national parks have increased in this landlocked country.
The Independent Gt