African Parks, a conservation NGO which manages national parks and protected areas across Africa, completed one of the largest elephant translocations in history on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017.
In total, 520 elephants were successfully moved from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi, and released in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, which Arican Parks manages in partnership with Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW).
The translocation had two objectives: to restock Nkhotakota and to relieve pressure from the elephant surplus in Liwonde and Majete. Years of poaching had reduced Nkhotakota’s population from 1,500 to fewer than 100 elephants before the start of the translocation. Working with communities and preparing for the elephants’ safe arrival, African Parks has spent two years stepping up law enforcement to prevent poaching.