It is with deep regret that we confirm the death of a ranger from Liwonde National Park in Malawi, Mr Ivano Banda, as a result of an incident to mitigate human-wildlife conflict in a joint operation with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW).
On the18th May, 2023, community members alerted Liwonde National Park to the presence of buffalo outside of the park. The buffalo had escaped the park due to theft of electrical wire along the park boundary fence by individuals in search of wire for illegal snaring inside the park,
A hunter from DNPW, assisted by African Parks, was dispatched to kill the buffalo to prevent further human-wildlife conflict. Ranger Ivano Banda had joined the operation to assist in killing the buffalo. Banda was tragically attacked and killed by the buffalo. The animal was wounded and DNPW are in pursuit of it as well as one other buffalo that has escaped the park. African Parks is assisting with aerial surveillance to locate the two animals.
Mr. Banda joined Liwonde National Park in 2019 and was well-respected as a hard worker known for his bravery in adverse situations. As we mourn his passing, we wish to extend our sincere condolences to his wife, young son, family and friends.
Liwonde National Park is providing financial and logistical support to the family to assist during this difficult time.
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