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African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on direct responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities. We currently manage 11 parks in eight countries covering an expansive six and a half million hectares, the largest amount of area under conservation for any one NGO in Africa.

When African Parks assumed management of Majete in 2003, all of the elephants had been hunted out. Today, after restocking the reserve, more than 400 live there and the area is thriving. In 2015 African Parks assumed management of Liwonde, which now has more than 575 elephants (since the 2016 translocation) and has high levels of human-wildlife conflict. The same year, we also assumed management of Nkhotakota, which once had more than 1,500 elephants but due to poaching fewer than 100 remained. Today Nkhotakota’s elephant population is now over 360, new calves have been born in the last six months, and the park is ready to receive the additional 250 elephants from Liwonde and Majete.

Our goal is to reduce conflict and protect habitats in Majete and Liwonde, while creating Malawi’s premiere elephant sanctuary in Nkhotakota, restoring the park to its former glory.

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The Journey

350 elephants from Liwonde National Park and 150 elephants from Majete Wildlife Reserve were moved to Nkhotakota National Park. Each elephant travelled approximately 350 kilometres from Liwonde and 600 kilometres from Majete to get to Nkhotakota. Protecting the lives of elephants and local people is our highest priority and we have invested significant capacity and resources in constructing reliable perimeter fencing, working closely with local communities and carrying out effective law enforcement in all of our reserves to ensure the safest of journeys and a successful release.

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African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. African Parks manages 11 national parks and protected areas in eight countries covering six million hectares: Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia. Visit www.african-parks.org to learn more.