A total of 34 elephants were recently translocated 700km from Liwonde National Park to the highlands of Nyika National Park. During the translocation, Central African Wilderness Safaris had the pleasure of hosting several dignitaries and donors who were part of the initiative at Chelinda Camp and Lodge. The project was spearheaded by South African-based NGO – Peace Parks Foundation, Malawi’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife along with African Parks.
The remarkable skill and dedication of the game capture and veterinarian teams involved enabled a seamless translocation, ensuring that the elephants remained safe throughout their 700km journey from Liwonde to Nyika.
Having recognized that Liwonde had long exceeded its carrying capacity for elephant, the Government of Malawi, supported by Peace Parks Foundation and all project partners, initiated the translocation of these elephants from Liwonde to Nyika, which offers ample space for them to thrive. Nyika National Park, which was once home to over 300 elephants suffered an estimated decline of 67% in its elephant population, due to extreme poaching pressure. Thus, the translocation stands to benefit both Nyika National Park and its resident elephant population, as it will be instrumental in improving their viability and the fast-track recovery of their numbers.
A large portion of the project’s funding is being utilized to ensure the safe and seamless acclimatisation of the elephants to their new environment and habitat. For the next 12 months, the elephants will remain in a specially constructed sanctuary that provides ample space and vegetation for them to move and feed freely. Aerial support and VHF satellite collar systems have been implemented to monitor the animals on a daily basis, so as to ensure their safety and well-being.
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Source: Peace Parks Foundations
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