A buffalo shows who’s boss in iSimangaliso

Chief Executive Officer of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Andrew Zaloumis, reflects on an encounter with a buffalo late last month that left him and his wife seriously injured.

“Tracey and I recently had a (too) close encounter with a buffalo while working with a small group on the eastern shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

As operational park staff, we are trained and frequently required to walk in remote places, but the incident brought home a few important bush truths. The rapid response, extraordinary teamwork and collaboration between colleagues in iSimangaliso, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, local residents and medical personnel resulted in us being safely and swiftly attended to despite the inaccessibility of the area for vehicles. We are extremely grateful to as well as proud of everyone involved. The enormous number of messages, calls, gifts, prayers, well wishes and offers of assistance in many different ways, from community near and far, is truly appreciated.

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Buffalo and lion endure epic hour-long fight

Battle to the death: Buffalo and lion endure epic hour-long fight… which leaves both animals with fatal injuries

Desperate male lion attacked lone adult buffalo after being cast out of pride in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Tense fight left both animals exhausted and smeared with blood, with the lion dying of its wounds two days later.

Dramatic pictures were taken by Matt Armstrong-Ford, of Eastbourne, who works as a safari guide in the region

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