A 22-year-old British was on Sunday killed by an elephant at Liwonde National Park.
The soldier Mathew Talbot, he died from his injuries after the elephant charged at him.
In a statement, the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) said Talbot was part of the team of British troops that are working alongside Malawian park rangers in counter-poaching training to help save some of the most iconic species from extinction due to illegal wildlife trade.
Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the tragic incident is a reminder of the danger the British 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.
Mordaunt said: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Guardsman Mathew Talbot, who died while carrying out vital counter-poaching work in Malawi.
“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.”