U.S. Tourist Dies in Elephant Attack in Zambia, Second Fatality This Year

African elephants (Loxodonta africana) digging for water and

JOHANNESBURG — A U.S. tourist was killed by an elephant in the Zambian city of Livingstone on Wednesday, marking the second such attack in the country this year, local officials said.

Officials reported on Friday that 64-year-old Juliana Gle Tourneau was fatally injured when an elephant, part of a herd the tourists were observing, charged their vehicle. The elephant threw Tourneau from the car and trampled her.

The group had stopped near the Maramba Cultural Bridge due to traffic congestion caused by the elephant herd near the bridge.

“Juliana Gle Tourneau, 64, of New Mexico, United States of America, died on Wednesday around 17.50 after being knocked from a parked vehicle which had stopped due to traffic caused by elephants around the Maramba Cultural Bridge,” Southern Province Police Commissioner Auxensio Daka told the Zambian national broadcaster, ZNBC.

This incident marks the second elephant attack on tourists this year. In March, another American tourist was killed during a game drive in a Zambian national park when an elephant charged a truck, flipping it over. The tourist was killed, and five others were injured.

Zambian authorities have urged tourists to exercise extreme caution while observing wildlife in the country.