Lecturer sues safari operator for £200,000 after elephant attack

大学讲师, 36, sues luxury safari operator for over £200,000 after a rampaging bull elephant shattered her pelvis during terrifying 60-second attack at £4,400-a-week tented camp on the Serengeti

  • Sara Graves is suing a safari officer after she was trampled by an elephant
  • The incident in Tanzania came when she was on a week-long Serengeti tour
  • Ms Graves suffered a broken pelvis and other injuries in the incident in 2019
  • She is suing Surrey-based operator Yellow Zebra Travel Ltd for £200,000
  • A university lecturer is suing a luxury safari operator for over £200,000 after an she was trampled by a rogue elephant on the Serengeti while on a tour.

    Sara Graves, a university lecturer and academic researcher, says she suffered a broken pelvis and other injuries after a rogue bull elephant attacked her at the Lemala Ndutu safari camp in Tanzania in March 2019.

    Ms Graves, 36, who paid around £4,400 for the seven-night luxury safari holidaywhich included staying in tented camps boasting leather sofas and chandelierssays she was chased and trampled within the confines of the mobile bush camp just after leaving her tent.

    The academic, who was on safari with her sister, says she has been left emotionally scarred, as well as physically damaged by the incident.

    Sara Graves, 大学讲师, says she suffered a broken pelvis and other injuries after a rogue bull elephant attacked her

    Sara Graves, 大学讲师, says she suffered a broken pelvis and other injuries after a rogue bull elephant attacked her

    Ms Graves was trampled by a elephant in a £4,400-a-week tented camp on the Serengeti in Tanzania

    Ms Graves was trampled by a elephant in a £4,400-a-week tented camp on the Serengeti in Tanzania

    She is now suing Surrey-based safari specialist Yellow Zebra Travel Ltdwhich has been named Europe’s leading safari operator seven years in a row at the World Travel Awardsblaming the company for camp staff failing to keep her safe from a dangerous wild beast.

    In papers lodged with London’s High Court, lawyers for Ms Graves, who lives in Vancouver, 加拿大, say that she booked her safari through Kingston-upon-Thames-based Yellow Zebra after reading material on their website stating: ‘We have always employed the very best specialistsWe want to inspire your complete confidence, so that when you book with us you know you’re being looked after from the beginning of your safari to the end…. You’re in safe hands!’

    Julian Carter-Manning, director and co-founder of the company, says in a video on the Yellow Zebra website: ‘You really are in very good hands. Our staff design trips that they would go on themselves.

    The academic, who was on safari with her sister, says she has been left emotionally scarred, as well as physically damaged by the incident

    The academic, who was on safari with her sister, says she has been left emotionally scarred, as well as physically damaged by the incident

    ‘Their job is to look after youany safety concerns. From the moment you enquire to the moment you get back, we look after you.

    The elephant attack happened, her lawyers say, while she was staying at Lemala Ndutu, a luxury mobile camp on the southern borders of the Serengeti comprising ‘nine spacious tents, each with their own en suite, complete with a flush toiletand a ‘central mess tentbeautifully furnished with leather sofas, chests, rugs and even chandeliers’.

    Court papers describe how Ms Graves and her sister had ‘encountered a lone bull elephant which was missing a section of one tuskand ‘appeared grumpy/ready to chargewhilst on a game drive close to the camp on the morning of March 7, 2019.

    '此时, they were the only residents at the camp. The camp was not fenced or enclosed; there were no barriers between the boundaries of the camp and the surrounding bush and its wild game,’ her barrister Matthew Chapman QC says.

    On the afternoon of the same day, Ms Graves had just left her tent to make her way to the central mess tent and was walking on the ‘main paththrough the camp when she suddenly came upon the same elephant, blocking her path.

    ‘The claimant did not know that the elephant was in the camp. The elephant was grazing the bushes to the side of the path when the claimant first encountered him. The elephant heard the claimant’s footsteps, looked at her and flapped his ears. He trumpeted and lifted his front legs before charging the claimant.

    Safari operator Yellow Zebra Travel Ltd is being sued for over £200,000 over a trampling (图为: Julian Carter-Manning (剩下) co-owner of the company)

    Safari operator Yellow Zebra Travel Ltd is being sued for over £200,000 over a trampling (图为: Julian Carter-Manning (剩下) co-owner of the company)

    Julian Carter-Manning, director and co-founder of the company, says in a video on the Yellow Zebra website: 'You really are in very good hands. Our staff design trips that they would go on themselves.

    Julian Carter-Manning, director and co-founder of the company, says in a video on the Yellow Zebra website: ‘You really are in very good hands. Our staff design trips that they would go on themselves.

    ‘The claimant turned and ran, heading for cover in some thorn bushes because the tent was zipped up and was too far away to provide shelter. The elephant reached the claimant and knocked her down before trampling/attacking her.

    Her sister and camp staff heard her screams and rushed to help, finding her on the ground with the elephant still attacking. They threw rocks and bottles to scare it away and it backed off after 30 至 60 秒, 他继续.

    ‘The claimant was pulled from the bushes. After a considerable delay, the claimant was taken by jeep to a local airstrip from where she was evacuated by medevac aircraft,’ the barrister says.

    ‘It was an implied term of the partiescontract that the defendant would ensure that accommodation and connected services were provided with reasonable care and skill so as to enable the claimant to be reasonably safe,’ 他补充说.

    Her lawyers also claim that camp staff were aware the elephant was in the camp and that Ms Graves was alone in her tent before the attack took place.

    Camp staff should not have permitted or allowed Ms Graves ‘to return to her tent on foot, 单独, unarmed and unescorted, at a time when an aggressive lone bull elephant was known to be in the camp vicinity and, 确实, was in the camp at the material time,’ 他们补充说.

    The elephant attack happened, her lawyers say, while she was staying at Lemala Ndutu, a luxury mobile camp on the southern borders of the Serengeti comprising 'nine spacious tents'

    The elephant attack happened, her lawyers say, while she was staying at Lemala Ndutu, a luxury mobile camp on the southern borders of the Serengeti comprising ‘nine spacious tents

    Instead of making sure she was safe ‘having seen the lone bull elephant in camp and after pointing it out to (她40多岁和50多岁的照片显示她仍然美丽得惊人) Jessica Graves, (a member of camp staff) went to collect and arrange beers and sodas at a time when the claimant was unaccounted for,’ the court papers claim.

    Her barrister goes on to say that as well as having her pelvis smashed by being stepped on by the ten-ton beast, she suffered disc prolapses, cuts and abrasions and ’emotional trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder including symptoms of anxiety, insomnia and nightmares’.

    ‘The claimant continues to suffer from weakness and fatigue. There are a number of continuing psychological symptoms which require investigation and treatment,’ the barrister says.

    Ms Gravesclaim was filed in February, but the papers have only now been made public and it has not yet gone before a judge in court.

    The defence of Yellow Zebra Travel Ltd is not currently available from the court.

    Yellow Zebra were contacted but Julian Carter-Manning said: ‘Unfortunately due to ongoing litigation regarding this case we cannot comment’.