Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls National Park

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Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe .

Living elephants

At the Victoria Falls National Park lives 5 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Damiano
  2. Emma (Em)
  3. noname
  4. Penny
  5. Transformer
and possibly other wild elephants which have no record in this database.

Comments / picturesOpen to visitors throughout the year, the Victoria Falls National Park in north-western Zimbabwe protects the south and east bank of the Zambezi River in the area of the world-famous Victoria Falls. It covers 23.4 km² extending from the larger Zambezi National Park about 6 km above the falls to about 12 km below the falls.
A notable feature of the park is the rainforest which grows in the spray of the falls, including ferns, palms, liana vines, and a number of trees such as mahogany not seen elsewhere in the region.
Visitors have the chance to view elephant, cape buffalo, white rhino, hippopotamus, eland and a variety of other antelope during drives and walking safaris. Crocodiles may be seen in the river, and a nearby Crocodile Ranch offers a safer view of these dangerous animals.
Accommodation is provided in campsites in the Zambezi National Park and in the numerous resorts and hotels in and around the town of Victoria Falls which forms part of the western boundary of the park.
Visitors are required to take precautions against malaria.

Habitual crop raiding by elephants is a common cause of human–elephant conflict (HEC). While habitual raiding of rubbish dump sites by elephants is not be a typical case of HEC, it could be seen as a more indirect, passive form of conflict, caused by humans, which negatively affects both elephants and, potentially, humans. In 2016 several African elephants (Loxodonta africana) were found dead in a municipal dumpsite outside Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Others were observed consuming non-biodegradable waste from the site. In order to determine if the problem of dumpsite raiding by these wild elephants could be considered as an instance of HEC, we investigated the visitation patterns of elephants to the dumpsite and examined the presence of non-biodegradable waste in elephant dung found in the area. The results show that there was a clear trend in visitation patterns. A core Group of up to 27 bull elephants habitually entered the site on a daily basis and spent several hours consuming waste from the dumpsite and drinking from the nearby sewage stabilization ponds between the early and late evening. A majority of elephant dung samples in the vicinity (71.6%) contained plastic waste.
Jake Ht Le Breton, Visitation patterns of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) to a rubbish dumpsite in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

References for records about Victoria Falls National Park

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Victoria Falls National Park, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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