KK Wildlife Reserve Elephants Fitted with Tracking Collars
Cases of human-elephant conflict are expected to reduce in areas surrounding Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve following an exercise to fit the animals with tracking devices to easily monitor their movements.
Manager for the reserve David Nangoma says with the tracking collars, game rangers will be able to timely intervene when the elephants are in danger.
“The tracking devices will help us to know where the animals are roaming, if they are coming close to the boundary, with the possibility of going out, we need to reactively respond,” said Nangoma.
The move follows continued cases of human - animal conflict which lead to loss of life in some incidents despite the fact that Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, which has over 600 elephants, is fenced with an electric wire.
Nkhotakota Acting District Commissioner Ben Tonho also hopes that cases of elephant – human conflict will go down with this intervention.
“If the elephants get out of the park to people’s farms, then they will definitely know that those elephants are troublesome,” said Tonho.
Meanwhile, over 800 animals have been translocated to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve.
The Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve Manager says the move will help improve tourism activities in the protected forest.
“We are trying to improve the ecosystem of the reserve. When African Parks took over, there were very few animals available. In some cases, we have been experiencing situations in which tourists were failing to see even a single animal before the end of their visit,” said Nangoma.
He added that new animal species that have been introduced in the wildlife reserve include hippos and sable antelopes.
Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve covers 1800 kilometers.