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Elephants kill anti-poaching ranger

Three elephants have trampled a park ranger to death during an anti-poaching patrol in a Zimbabwe nature reserve where more than 102 of the animals have been poisoned with cyanide in past weeks.

The veteran ranger was charged by the elephants when separated from colleagues in the remote Hwange National Park.

The National Parks Department said Lovemore Maphosa, 61, was out on a 10-day foot patrol.

Four poachers arrested in the past month have received up to 16-year jail terms for using cyanide at water holes to kill elephants and saw off tusks for the lucrative illegal ivory market.

Elephants are known to be skittish and aggressive especially when family groups are in danger.

-AP

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