A British soldier has been killed by an elephant while on anti-poaching operations in Malawi.
Guardsman Mathew Talbot of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards was on patrol in Liwonde National Park when he was killed on Sunday, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said.
His commanding officer, Lt. Col. Ed Launders, said Tuesday that the 22-year-old soldier “was hugely proud of his work as a counter-poaching operator, and tragically died doing great good.”
About 30 British soldiers are in the southern African country to help train rangers tasked with protecting endangered wildlife.
Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt said Talbot’s death “is a reminder of the danger our military faces as they protect some of the world’s most endangered species from those who seek to profit from the criminal slaughter of wildlife.”
“Throughout his career with the Coldstream Guards, Guardsman Talbot served with great courage and professionalism, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this terrible time.”