Update: Elephant drowns in Nkhotakota (Malawi)


Bright Malenga, Malawi24

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An elephant that is believed to have escaped from Nkhotakota Game Reserve has drowned in Lake Malawi, Malawi24 has established.

Information that Malawi24 has gathered indicates that the elephant got stuck in deep waters as it was trying to cross waters in the district.

An earlier version of the story said the animal was killed by people in the district but Malawi24 has established that the elephant failed to move in the water which led to its drowning.

The incident was reported to wildlife authorities in the district who went to the place of the incident in the district.

It is yet to be established if it was one of the elephants that have been relocated from Majete Game Reserve and Liwonde Wildlife Park to Nkhotakota National Park by African Parks.

More than 500 elephants have been relocated from natural reserves where the species have been heavily poached to Nkhotakota National Park.

Conservationists feel that moving elephants from Majete and Liwonde Wildlife Parks to Nkhotakota will help restore elephant populations in Malawi and Africa.

African Parks is a non-profit group based in Johannesburg which manages all the three wildlife reserves.

Plans to rehome the elephants came amid continued decline of elephants in Africa due to massive poaching which happened in order to meet the growing demand for ivory, mostly in parts of Asia.