Mark Cromie has offered to help with the cost of sending wildlife keeper's body back to Zimbabwe
Northland businessman and Auto Trader dealer Mark Cromie has pledged the balance of money needed to return the body of Dalu Mncube to Zimbabwe, after he was tragically killed by a tiger at Zion Wildlife Gardens in Whangarei last week.
It was Dalu and his family's wish for his body to return to Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwe Association of New Zealand began a public appeal last weekend for funds to send his body home and about $5700 of the estimated $12,000 required had been raised before Cromie stepped in.
"It had to happen," he told the NZ Herald.
"We couldn't wait for the money to come in because it might be two months and it's important to get the body back straight away."
Cromie said his company, Mark Cromie Holden, had been involved with Zion in the past with sponsorship, and its lions had even visited the dealership for a promotion.
He had met Mr Mncube and described him as someone who had done a great job at the wildlife park, and helping with returning his body was a way of saying thank you.