.⠀ @africanparksnetwork is moving #500elephants from the Majete Wildlife Reserve to repopulate another park in the north. A huge and historic move to ensure the long-term survival of elephants.
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Community development is a vital part of protecting parks and their wildlife. Where people thrive, wildlife thrives. The communities who live on the periphery of Majete have seen numerous positive changes take place since we assumed management of Majete in 2003. In 2016 alone, more than 2,300 children were impacted through educational outreach; 7,100 tree seedlings were planted to provide a sustainable alternative fuel source; and 100 tonnes of honey were harvested through the African Parks bee-keeping programme. By working together with the surrounding communities, we have been able to grow and protect our elephant herd, so much so that we are able to move numerous families to Nkhkotakota to restock and restore the reserve as part of our historic #500elephants translocation. Footage: @aheydlauff#AfricanParks#Conservation#community#majete#Nkhotakota
Did you know that Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi had lost all of its elephants to poaching by 1992? African Parks worked tirelessly to restore the Reserve by moving elephants back to the park in 2006 (some were translocated from Liwonde!) to help repopulate the park. Thanks to our law enforcement and community engagement, the herd has been able to safely grow to over 430 individuals in just 10 years – AND – not one has been lost to poaching over that entire period. This is why today we’re able to move elephants from Majete to help repopulate Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and create Malawi’s premier elephant reserve, and restore that park like we did with Majete. #GoodNews#Conservation#Elephants#WorthMoreAlive#African Parks #Malawi#500elephants
'The warm heart of Africa': That is how Malawi is described and the endless laughter and friendship on the streets confirms it. No one exemplifies the Malawian spirit like these bee keepers near Majete Game Reserve who welcomed our visit with song. Honey has proven to be a successful economic alternative over illegal wildlife hunting and trade. Finding ways for communities to thrive enable wildlife like elephants and rhino nearby to survive - something worth singing about. @africanparksnetwork#majete#africa#malawi#laughter#sing#500elephants#hope
How do you move 500 wild African elephants? Carefully and quickly. These elephants are getting moved with their family units to a new park because their numbers have thrived in Majete Game Reserve, Malawi. The process involves a logistical orchestra of specialized vets, dedicated elephants experts, and heavy equipment to tranquilize, load, wake-up and transport the animals as efficiently as possible, with as little stress as possible. The process involves risk but the threat of ivory poaching is far riskier. @africanparksnetwork plans to complete their two-year translocation of 500 elephants in early August, bringing wildlife back to a park that was once decimated by poachers. To learn more, follow @africanparksnetwork#500elephants#elephant#majete#malawi#conservation
We are thrilled to have had @natgeo photographer and filmmaker @pedromcbride on the ground with us during the elephant translocation in Malawi and to capture this story of hope.
Repost from @pedromcbride: A migration assist: As a smoky sunset sweeps across the Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi Africa, a pod of elephants move west. Constant burning to create charcoal, which many rely upon to survive, creates the hazy tangerine sky, but it comes with a less pretty cost on the ground: denuded woodlands and wildlife habitat. The community-minded strategy in Majete, however, has managed this reserve to allow and ensure wildlife thrive, the forest stands and new jobs in and around the region are following. It has become a success reflected in exponential wildlife growth. As a result, 150 elephants are getting moved to another @africanparksnetwork in the north of Malawi that was once wiped of animals due to poaching. The first steps in this rare ‘feel good’ story starts first with locating the elie herds to move. See them? #conservation#500elephants#malawi#majete#africa#chasingrivers#petemcbride#natgeo#goodnews