Tanzania Elephants Attack PHs Anton Turner and Nigel Archer


Published: December - 2009

Two more Tanzania PHs were attacked by elephants this season. PH Anton Turner of Zuka Safaris was killed, while PH Nigel Archer of Miombo Safaris is recovering from his close encounter. Turner was killed in late October by a cow elephant while he was escorting a group of BBC journalists in the Udzungwa Mountains on the northern fringe of the Kilombero escarpment. They were filming an episode of an 11-part series called Serious Explorers, in which a group of children follow in the footsteps of David Living- stone. Three children apparently witnessed the attack. Word is the elephant was unprovoked. Turner supposedly got off a shot but was unable to stop the elephant, which proceeded to stomp and gore him to death. The children and film crew were unharmed. The BBC reportedly has cancelled the production of Serious Explorers. I tried contacting Zuka Safaris for more information, but had not heard back from them at press time.

As for the incident with Archer, I first learned of his attack from subscriber Cameron Hopkins who contacted me after he had spoken to people present at the time of the incident. The version he was told was that Archer had left his rifle behind during a stalk on some puku. The client's shots at the puku supposedly started a stampede by some elephants in nearby papyrus. I sent E-mail Extra subscribers a bulletin about the incident, with a link to Hopkins' story as it appears in his blog on the NRA's web site for its American Hunter magazine (www. americanhunter.org/ArticlePage. aspx?id=2048&cid=25).

Shortly after that, I received a first-hand version from Archer through Michel Mantheakis of Miombo Safaris. Archer says he did not leave his rifle behind, but rather his gun bearer cried "tembo" when he saw the advancing cow elephant and ran off with Archer's gun! Archer and his client eventually caught up with the gun bearer, and Archer got off a shot at the charging elephant at only 10 meters. The elephant knocked him down and gored him through a thigh and a buttock. You can read his chilling account on........(continued)

 
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