The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) reported that an elephant killed at least one person at Murchison Falls National Park on Tuesday.
The dead was identified as Sayed Elsahany, a Saudi Arabian national, who was traveling with three coworkers in a Toyota Wish motor vehicle with the number UBJ917C, according to a statement made by UWA on January 25, 2022.
“They were passing through the park on their way to Arua from Masindi.” They came to a halt along the route, and when the dead exited the vehicle, an elephant charged at him, killing him on the spot, according to UWA.
They were attacked by a herd of elephants, and the deceased, who had retreated further away from the car, was unable to defend himself.
The occurrence saddened the wildlife authorities, who expressed their condolences to the deceased’s family and friends.
The event was reported to Pakwach Police, according to UWA, who stated that they will work closely with the police to ensure that the fatality is thoroughly investigated.
The University of Western Australia (UWA) urged the public to avoid placing themselves in danger while traveling through gazetted zones.
“We continue to prioritize the protection of people in our protected regions. “As a result, we urge the public, particularly those traveling through protected areas, to exercise caution and avoid placing themselves in danger,” UWA added.
They said that all Ugandan national parks are safe, and that officials are evaluating safety standards to prevent similar tragedies in the future.