Buffalo Kills Zimbabwe Conservationist

Wounded animal attacks veteran conservationist Steve Kok
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2010 3:34 AM CDT
Buffalo Kills Zimbabwe Conservationist
The buffalo is known as one of the most aggressive animals in the African bush.   (Shutter Stock)

Veteran Zimbabwe conservationist Steve Kok has been killed by a wounded buffalo he had spent days tracking. The buffalo—one of the most aggressive creatures in the African bush—had partially severed its leg in a poacher's trap and surrounding communities had been warned the animal was highly dangerous, the AP reports.

Kok, 71, was highly skilled in bushcraft. The anti-poaching campaigner spent most mornings patrolling the bush around Lake Kariba to remove wire snares and call in veterinary assistance for animals caught in poachers' traps. "His death is a huge blow for the wildlife in Kariba," the head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said. "He is going to be very badly missed by humans and animals alike."
(More Zimbabwe stories.)

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