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Lions on the Loose

In a recent collaboration with the Limpopo National Park (LNP) community, the MWA team successfully addressed a pressing Human-Wildlife Conflict issue involving two male lions in the Mabalane district's LNP buffer zone. Over a span of just two weeks, these lions had taken the lives of nearly 20 animals, prompting the community to seek assistance.

The MWA vet team, in a coordinated effort with ANAC, Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), and Peace Parks Foundation, swiftly responded to the call. Using a helicopter, the team managed to capture one of the troublesome male lions, carefully transporting it 85km from the darting area to a designated release spot inside the park. The operation required the lion to be sedated for a total of 8 hours, ensuring the safety of both the animal and the team.

Despite the inherent challenges, the operation concluded successfully, showcasing the importance of collaborative efforts in preserving the delicate balance between humans and wildlife. The MWA team remains committed to mitigating Human-Wildlife Conflict and safeguarding the rich biodiversity of the Limpopo National Park.


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