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Last Updated: Monday, 15 August 2005, 13:23 GMT 14:23 UK
Elephants storm Zimbabwe resort
Elephant in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has more elephants than it can handle
A herd of stray elephants has gone on the rampage in the northern Zimbabwean resort town of Kariba.

The elephants destroyed homes and caused residents to flee from a township near a national park.

A team from Zimbabwe's National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is trying to find out why the animals seem to be moving closer to people's houses.

Zimbabwe has some 100,000 elephants, while its parks have a capacity for just 45,000.

National Parks spokesman retired Major Edward Mbewe told the state-owned Herald newspaper that he did not believe reports that elephants were moving closer to settlements in search of food and water after this year's poor rains.


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