Colombian researcher killed by elephant in Uganda
In western Uganda’s Kibale National Park, a Colombian researcher was crushed to death by an elephant.
Sebastian Ramirez Amaya, a 30-year-old Arizona State University researcher connected to the Ngogo Chimpanzee Research Centre in Kibale National Park in Kamwenge District, was confirmed as the dead.
Mr Vincent Twesige, the Rwenzori West Regional Police Spokesperson, said the event occurred at 9 a.m. on Sunday, when the deceased and his colleagues went deep within the National Park for study under the supervision of one Ngene, a Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) warden.
“The students went in separate directions through the jungle, and when they came out, everyone save Amaya went back to the camp. The crew decided to return to the jungle in search of him, but they discovered him after an elephant had already killed him “he stated
The UWA warden (Ngene), according to Mr Twesige, reported the incident to Bigodi Police Station that evening.
As inquiries into the incident continue, police led by Kamwenge District CID Officer Mr Paddy Tumwebaze went to the spot and removed the corpse, which they transferred to Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital for a postmortem.
Mr Bashir Hanji, a UWA spokeswoman, described the occurrence as “a regretful and unfortunate situation that the Authority had not observed in Kibale National Park in the past 50 years.”