Malawi relocates over 250 elephants to Nkhotakota Game Reserve

Over 250 elephants have so far been reloated from Liwonde National Park in Machinga to Nkhotakota Game Reserve as the restocking exercise for the game reserve starts in earnest.

Kumchedwa (insert): Elephants relocation
Kumchedwa (insert): Elephants relocation

Director of Wildlife Brighton Kunchedwa said the restocking exercise for the game reserve is going on without any hitches.

The African Safari, a company that has a concession to run Liwonde National Park and Kasungu Game Reserve among other parks in Malawi has hired a professional firm from South Africa to relocate the elephants using helicopters and other high tech equipments.

“The South African company has skills to relocate the elephants. I do not think Malawian companies would have done much better,” he said, answering a question on why African Safari opted for a foreign company.

Officials from African Safari say after the relocation of the elephants, the company will stock in rhinos, lions, zebras and other animals into the Nkhotakota Game Reserve, bringing hope that the game reserve would turn to be a tourist mecca once again.

The animals which were in the game reserve were poached and the company is not fencing the game reserve.

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