It is no secret that the majestic African elephant is at risk with fewer than 450,000 remaining. The main concerns are greedy poachers and the loss of this awesome creature’s habitat which are obviously reducing numbers.

However, there is good news, with Malawi's recent successes in anti-poaching and management of human-wildlife conflict. The positive outcome is a population surplus in two of the country's 9 protected areas, Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve.

Interestingly, this huge relocation takes place in Liwonde National Park, home to Malawi's largest population of 800 elephants. This delicate process involves the use of helicopters to dart elephants, which are then lifted by crane onto trucks to start their 300 kms road journey to a newly created sanctuary.  Of course, this is no easy task.

The elephants are being moved to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, close to Lake Malawi, which for years had been depleted of wildlife. Once home to over 1500 elephants, now as little as 100 remain. A 16,000-hectares sanctuary has been built, creating a safe and secure habitat for these animals to thrive before being released, in time, into the wider Reserve.

Since 2003 African Parks has, in partnership with the Malawi government, managed Majete Wildlife Reserve. It is wonderful to discover a success story as the partnership has seen the reserve restored and restocked with 2,500 animals, including the Big Five.

With the addition of Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in 2015, African Parks now manages 3 of Malawi's 9 protected areas and with goals to match all that has been achieved in Majete, African Parks are transforming the wildlife of the country.

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