PPF ZA logoPEACE PARKS FOUNDATION

Seven elephants released into Mozambique

10 July 2003

A family group of seven elephants were translocated from the Kruger National Park to the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique yesterday.

This translocation was timed to coincide with the African Union Summit in Maputo.

This elephant release, the third major elephant translocation from the Kruger National Park to the Limpopo National Park over the last three years, was timed in order to draw attention of delegates to the Summit of the incredible progress being made in the creation of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.

The elephant family — made up of 2 adults, 2 sub-adults and 3 young elephants - was captured in the elephant-rich Northern Region of the Kruger National Park and were released without hitch yesterday into the 35 000 ha fenced off game sanctuary within the boundaries of the newly-proclaimed, 1 million hectare Limpopo National Park.

Together with the translocation of around 5 000 animals over the last three years, yesterday's translocation means that the LNP now moves one step closer to becoming a fully-functional national park.

According to LNP consultant Mr Arrie van Wyk, tourism operations must commence as soon as possible as it is tourism development that will bring benefits and ensure the sustainability of the park.

"The reality is that there is not much of a tourism product at the moment and it is necessary to re-establish the wildlife numbers in the park to create a game-based tourism product. Two options exist, one is to remove the fence that divides the LNP with Kruger and allow animals to drift across the boundary at their own pace. It is however realised that most game species will take years to move across the fence in sufficient numbers to establish populations at the density which will allow a game viewing product," he said.

The IUCN guidelines for re-introduction of wildlife are strictly adhered to in these translocations. This means assessing the availability of suitable habitat and ensuring that the re-introduction takes place in historical ranges only. It also means making sure that there will be a selection of suitable genetic stock and that the removal will have no harmful effect on the source population.

The establishment of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park is exemplary of partnerships between governments and the private sector. While the main players are of course the relevant governments and implementing agencies like SANParks, donors and NGOs have also contributed towards its creation.

The major donors include the World Bank, USAID Regional Center for Southern Africa, the German Ministry of Cooperation through Kreditanstalt f

LowvelderRaymond Travers

26 July 2018Joining forces to develop Banhine National Park

On the heels of a second partnership agreement signed between Peace Parks Foundation and Mozambique’s National Administration for Conservation Areas (ANAC) to further develop Maputo Special Reserve

 read more

23 July 2018De Beers Group partners with Peace Parks Foundation on one of the largest elephant translocations in South Africa’s history

De Beers Group has begun to transport 200 elephants across 1,500km from its Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (VLNR) in South Africa to Mozambique. The operation, one of the largest elephant translocatio

 read more

6 July 2018Elephants with a purpose

Why did 53 elephants travel more than 1 250 km across three different countries this month? Here’s why.

 read more

29 November 2017New ranger base for Limpopo National Park's 16th Anniversary

This week, Limpopo National Park (LNP) celebrated its 16th anniversary. Mozambique proclaimed the Park on 27 November 2001 and requested Peace Parks Foundation’s assistance in overseeing the park’

 read more

8 November 2017Unlocking the potential of Zinave National Park

Having been declared a protected area in 1972, only to then be ravaged by sixteen years of civil war from 1977-1992, the sun now rises over a different Zinave National Park in Mozambique. The implemen

 read more

25 August 2017Charles and Lumpy lead the way to Zinave

This week saw the first two of 54 elephants safely released in Zinave National Park, Mozambique. The two elephant bulls, Charles and Lumpy, were translocated from Dinokeng Game Reserve in Gauteng –

 read more

6 July 2017Lions poisoned for bone trade

[Maputo, 5 July 2017] On 3 July 2017 the tracks of three poachers were detected in the Intensive Protection Zone of Limpopo National Park, Mozambique. These were followed and it became clear that the

 read more

28 June 2017Dynamic alliance established to bolster rhino anti-poaching efforts

On the western boundary of Kruger National Park (KNP), private and community-owned game reserves - represented as the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation (GKEPF) - have joined forces wi

 read more

21 June 2017Rewilding Zinave National Park

This week saw the start of one of the largest wildlife translocation projects that Africa has ever seen, whereby 7 500 animals will find a new home in the 4 000 km² Zinave National Park in Mozambique

 read more

2 May 2017250 Bicycles Donated to Learners from Makuleke Community

On 26 April, Children in the Wilderness (CITW) and Qhubeka donated 250 bicycles to underprivileged learners at N’wanati High School in Limpopo’s Makuleke Community as part of Qhubeka’s innovativ

 read more