Elephants in Hwange National Park

Zimbabwe to compensate victims of wildlife attacks

Zimbabwe’s government says it will give financial compensation to victims of attacks by wildlife after 46 people were killed and many others injured between January and August.

This is the highest number of fatalities in southern Africa, according to the government.

Cabinet approved the creation of a relief fund for those who have been seriously injured, or lost crops, livestock and property, but the government did not say how much compensation will be paid.

The government says successful wildlife management programmes have increased the wildlife population.

The elephant population has risen from 50,000 in 1980 to about 85,000.

Botswana has more than 200,000 elephants, but the number of fatalities is significantly lower, with 57 deaths recorded over the last 10 years, the Zimbabwean government has said.

Zimbabwe has witnessed a growing human population and the ensuing competition for limited resources often results in wildlife attacks, especially in areas where people live near national game parks.