Wild animals have killed at least 23 people and more than 200 domestic animals this year, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has said.

Zimparks spokesperson Tinashe Farawo said in a statement published by The Herald Tuesday that 22 other people were injured by the animals between January and July 20, with crocodiles claiming 16, elephants killing five and buffalo and lions killing one each.

Zimbabwe is a wildlife rich country which experiences high cases of human-animal conflict, especially in areas surrounding national parks.

During the period, lions topped the 243 cases involving human-animal conflict, accounting for 59, followed by hippos with 44, elephants with 41, crocodiles (37), buffalo (35), hyenas (9), zebras (8), leopards (6), snakes (2) and bush pigs and baboons (one each). Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh