Cape Town – A staff member of Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve has been killed by an elephant.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm the tragic death of one of our staff members,” Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve said late Monday, Workers’ Day.
“On May 1, Kabelo Botha Mashao was fatally injured by an elephant that had been introduced at Inverdoorn approximately 15 years ago.
Located just 2.5 hours away from Cape Town, Inverdoorn Game Reserve Lodge is set on 10 000 hectares of land within the Klein Karoo. It is home to the Big 5 and a cheetah conservation centre.
“We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Mashao family, his friends, and coworkers during this difficult time,” the game reserve said.
“We are providing support to our staff and all those affected by this terrible loss.”
Aquila Collection, which owns and manages Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve, said the safety and well-being of staff, guests, and wildlife remain of the utmost importance.
“We ask that the privacy of the family and staff be respected during this difficult time,” said Aquila Collection, which also owns a selection of unique award-winning Western Cape safari properties including Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa as well as Kuganha Luxury Tented Camp.
“We cannot provide any further comments at this stage until the investigation is complete.”