500 Elephants Relocated from Parks with Surplus of Elephants to Park Where They Were Almost

In an effort to reduce the risk of elephant extinction, African Parks, in collaboration with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), is moving 500 elephants from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve in southern Malawi to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in northern Malawi.  In 2016, 250 elephants will be moved from Liwonde, and in 2017 another 250 will be moved from Majete.  The goal is to repopulate the area with the threatened species.  Once this process is completed successfully, it can be repeated in other locations.

Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve have reached their capacity of elephants.  In contrast, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, is a natural habitat for elephants and has sufficient resources to support a larger population of elephants than it currently holds.  Twenty years ago, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve had an elephant population of 1500.  This population dropped to below 100.  African Parks has improved the park infrastructure and made the reserve safe for the elephants and other species. Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is now ready to support a healthier population of elephants.  This is a positive and hopeful story .



African Parks is undertaking one of the largest and most significant elephant translocations in human history, moving up to 500 elephants within Malawi.

In Malawi, a conservation NGO is rehoming 500 elephants from one wildlife reserve to another to manage the populations.


African Parks, a nonprofit organization based in Johannesburg, is managing the massive translocation project with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.


Transporting an elephant takes a ton of effort. Conservationists are attempting to move 500 African elephants from two national parks in Malawi to a wildlife preserve …


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