263 elephants translocated in Malawi to keep parks healthy
August 2, 2022
Conservationists have successfully translocated more than 260 elephants to
Kasungu National Park in Malawi.
Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), the
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and African Parks (AP)
announced that the mission was completed on schedule this weekend, with 263
elephants moved to Kasungu National Park.
The translocation is part of a national conservation initiative to maintain
healthy habitats in Malawi’s national parks, establish viable elephant
populations and ensure the prosperity of local communities living around
The elephants have moved to Kasungu National Park, where IFAW has worked to
end poaching since 2015.
Since then the park’s elephant population has grown from 50 individuals to
about 120, and it is anticipated that the addition of 263 elephants from
Liwonde National Park to Kasungu National Park will ensure the long-term
conservation of elephants in Kasungu.
A wide variety of additional wildlife were also successfully translocated
from Liwonde National Park, including 80 buffalo, 128 impala, 33 sable, 81
warthog and 109 waterbuck.
Kasungu is the second largest national park in Malawi, covering 2 100
square kilometres, which is four times the size of Liwonde. In 2015, DNPW
partnered with African Parks to transform Liwonde National Park into a
secure wildlife haven and to realise its full potential as a precious
resource for Malawi and its people. In 2018, the government extended the
mandate to incorporate the contiguous 358 square kilometre Mangochi Forest
Reserve, increasing African Parks’ footprint.
“We are overjoyed that the exercise has been completed successfully, thanks
to all of the partners who worked hard to finish the work on time. The
addition of elephants and other wildlife species to Kasungu National Park
will benefit Malawi tourism as well as communities through job creation,
thereby fuelling a conservation-driven economy,” said Brighton Kumchedwa,
Malawi’s director of National Parks and Wildlife.
“The translocation of the elephants and other wildlife is a significant
achievement and proves the DNPW’s approach to working with partners to
secure its natural resources is a sound one. The partnership with the
Malawi government is not over; IFAW will continue to work at Kasungu
National Park to ensure that the park is fully restored to its former
glory. We thank all partners and individuals who played different roles to
ensure that the exercise is a success,” said Patricio Ndadzela, IFAW’s
country director for Malawi and Zambia. IFAW supports DNPW in law
enforcement, community and fencing, among other activities in Kasungu
“We have been working in close partnership with the DNPW to generate
benefits for people and wildlife since 2015. Thanks to the Malawian
government’s commitment to this landscape, Liwonde has re-emerged as a park
not only hailed for the recovery of its wildlife numbers, but for its
international tourism appeal,” said Sam Kamoto, African Parks’ country