November 25, 2015 - New Airport for Mfuwe Government has awarded a $122 milli ... +++ November 24, 2015 - Food and Wine Pairing in Hwange With repeated requests from our cli ... +++ November 23, 2015 - FlyAfrica Zimbabwe wins court case In a welcomed judgement issued by t ... +++ November 23, 2015 - I Love Namibia Sam and James’ route across Namib ... +++ November 20, 2015 - Travel Update : Namibia Latest update: Health section ̵ ... +++ November 19, 2015 - Zim revising visa rules Government has introduced a new vis ... +++ November 18, 2015 - Botswana launches internet satellite for tourists The Botswana Telecommunication Limi ... +++ November 18, 2015 - Qatar to fly into Zimbabwe One of the largest Asian airlines, ... +++ November 16, 2015 - Zim cycling president in world record attempt ZIMBABWE Cycling Federation (ZCF) p ... +++ November 13, 2015 - Exciting refurbishments at Zambezi Explorer Zambezi Explorer has recently under ... +++ webdesign

52 Buffalo killed in stampede

buffaloWe came across this story about 52 dead buffalo – apparently killed in a stampede.  A very unusual incident, or is it ?

“52 buffalo have been found dead by Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) officers during their tour along the Musa River in the southern part of Kafue National Park. At a vast 22,400km2, Kafue is Zambia’s largest game reserve and is found in the Itezhi Tezhi district of Central Province.

Most of the dead buffalo carcasses were floating in the Musa River itself but have since been taken by people from some of the local communities.

Local District Commissioner George Sichula confirmed that a stampede took place on Friday the 1st of August. He said “the 52 buffaloes were found dead in the Kafue National Park along Musa River. They are believed to have died in a stampede and ZAWA officers are investigating the cause of the stampede”.

ZAWA spokesman Readith Muliyunda said that the number of dead buffaloes could in fact be higher than those counted. “We suspect that some might have been eaten by crocodiles,” he said. He also said that it was unusual for a stampede to cause so many deaths

However, this is the third time since 2009 that a large number of buffaloes have died in similar fashion at the same location. In August 2012, a stampede killed 81 buffalo.

Buffalo usually move in herds of about a thousand and tend to all run in the same direction if disturbed, thereby causing a stampede.

Kafue is home to thousands of Cape buffalo.”

Source : Zambia Tourism

19 August 2014

Posted by on August 19, 2014. Filed under Community,Conservation. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

One Response to 52 Buffalo killed in stampede

  1. Russell de la harpe Reply

    August 19, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Anthrax possiby ,carcass on the left is very bloated.

Leave a Reply