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Leopard Relocation in Southern Africa

A sedated leopard lies in a cage in Hoedspruit before its transfer to Malawi. In only eight years, South African NGO African Parks Network has reintroduced over 2,500 animals in the Majete Wildlife Reserve.

We recently came across this item about the rebuilding of an eco-system in Africa, and were very impressed with their thoroughness.

In 1955, the government of Malawi set aside land for the Majete Wildlife Reserve. Over the years extensive poaching severely depleted its wildlife, leaving only a few hundred baboons.

A conservation group took over management of  the reserve in 2003, with the aim of bringing income to local people through eco-tourism, and work as game wardens. If the local people benefit from the wildlife, they will work to preserve it.

It is no easy task to re-establish an entire ecosystem. The vegetation in the reserve remained intact and since the group took over, 2,500 antelopes, elephants, buffalo and rhino have been reintroduced. Then they began moving in the animals at the top of the food chain.

Two leopards joined the reserve last October, and two more recently made the trip. The leopards are wild animals being moved or translocated from the wild in South Africa, so they already know how to hunt. On their arrival they will be kept in separate cages for a few weeks. When they are released into their new 700 square kilometer home, they will be wearing radio collars so scientists can keep track of them.

Read more about this carefully thought out project – Southern Africa: Couple of South African Leopards On Malawi Mission | Conservation News.


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