Mission Accomplished – 83 Elephants Safely Rescued in Malawi
The elephants were moved by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) to save them from persecution by local villagers trying to protect their crops and livelihoods from the animals.
“This is a victory for both elephants and people — they have been engaged in a battle that has seen elephants cruelly wounded and killed, and many local people killed as well,” said
“Moving the elephants was, without argument, the only solution to a terrible situation for both the elephants and the community.”
The translocation of the free roaming herd of elephants from Mangochi District, just south of Lake Malawi to Majete Wildlife Reserve — both in
Bell-Leask said that, of the 14 groups of elephants captured and relocated 12 of the groups included individuals that had suffered injuries caused by human intervention — seven of the elephants had trunk amputations caused by snares, one had a deformed foot from a gin trap injury, actual snares had to be removed from three of the elephants, one elephant was blind in one eye from a gun shot wound, and a number of others bore scars from bullet wounds and snares.
The effort to translocate the elephants began on
“The relocation of these elephants is a real victory for animal welfare, and proof that it’s not necessary to solve issues of human-wildlife conflict down the barrel of a gun,” said Bell-Leask.
“IFAW partnered with the government of
The relocation of the elephants was suspended for a short period when a
IFAW remains dedicated to focusing on regional conservation efforts such as trans-boundary wildlife linkages to preempt human-wildlife conflict situations similar to that which has existed in Phirilongwe.
For more information on the translocation, please visit www.ifaw.org.
About the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
As one of the world’s leading animal welfare organisations, IFAW has representation in 16 countries and carries out its animal welfare work in more than 40. IFAW works from its global headquarters in
SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare