Zoo-keeper mauled to death

daluJOHANNESBURG The Zimbabwe Association of New Zealand is still frantically trying to raise funds that would help send the body of a Zimbabwean zoo keeper, Dalu Mncube, back to his country for a decent burial. (Pictured: Dalu Mncube with a white tiger at the Zion Wildlife Gardens (Photo / Sandee Ryan)

Hwange-born Mncube, who had nine years of experience as a zoo keeper, was mauled to death by a 260kg white tiger in New Zealand two weeks ago, while he was cleaning its enclosure at the Zion Wildlife Gardens in Whangarei.

Last Tuesday, a memorial service was held for Mncube, who was in the news for saving a fellow zoo keeper from the jaws of the same tiger only a few months ago.

Japhet Ncube, a spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Association of New Zealand, said that the estimated the cost of transporting the zoo-keepers body was US$10 000, adding that his association had opened the Dalu Mncube Trust Fund for such donations.

The money had still not been realised at the beginning of this week.

“It’s cultural that his parents need his body to be transported back home because they need closure, said Ncube. They are hoping their son is repatriated so that they can pay their last respects.”

The Dalu Mncube Trust Fund will be used to look after his dependants, who include his partner, Sharon Arnott and his one-year-old son, Starskea.

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