The first of a number of wild lions have been reintroduced to Liwonde National Park in Malawi, 4 years after the final lion was seen there.
Two mature males had been launched into safe enclosures after being safely translocated from Majete Wildlife Reserve, which is 200km away, and two lionesses shall be translocated from South Africa this month. They will stay within the enclosures for a number of weeks to permit shut monitoring of their well-being, adjustment and bonding, earlier than they’re all launched in to the broader park.
“The reintroduction of lions is fundamentally enriching for Liwonde,” says Craig Reid, park supervisor of African Parks’ Liwonde. “It restores a key species that is critical to the healthy functioning of the natural system, contributes to the establishment of an important local predator population, and will significantly benefit tourism as a mechanism for socioeconomic growth.”
This translocation is a tribute to Majete’s extraordinary restoration. It’s delight was fully poached out a long time in the past, however because the reintroduction of lions there in 2012, the inhabitants has grown to the extent that it may possibly help in repopulating Liwonde. African Parks will additional complement the populations in each parks over the approaching months, with the translocation of as much as 12 extra lions from South Africa.
The translocation is being carried out by African Parks in partnership with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, with help from the Dutch Government and the Lion Recovery Fund. It is taken into account to be an vital milestone for lion conservation in Malawi, the place populations of the susceptible species are being revitalised as a part of an effort to revive the nation’s parks, rehabilitate wildlife populations and encourage tourism for the advantage of native communities.