African Parks to Translocate and Reintroduce Lions Into Akagera National Park Rwanda. . . - Wednesday 15th April 2015

One of the five females in a tree at Phinda. African Parks to Translocate and Reintroduce Lions Into Akagera National Park Rwanda. . . African Parks is to translocate seven lions from South Africa as part of the reintroduction of the species into Akagera National Park in Rwanda in a ground-breaking conservation initiative for both the park and the country of Rwanda. Lions became extinct in Akagera 15 years ago when numbers of the species were poisoned by cattle herders in the years following the 1994 genocide when the park was unmanaged. The group of lions destined for Akagera includes five females that have been donated by &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and two males that have been donated by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife from Tembe Elephant Park. Located in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, both are relatively small, confined reserves where it is necessary to remove surplus lions, a situation that arises with good management. In the prime of their lives, the lions have been selected based on future reproductive potential and their ability to contribute to social cohesion: young adults, sub-adult females and young adult males from different genetic stock. The lions have already been captured and are being held in in bomas in Phinda and in Tembe Elephant Park. On 29 June they will be tranquilised, placed in individual, steel crates, and loaded on to trucks for their journey to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. At the same time they will be fitted with satellite collars which will enable the Akagera park management team to monitor their movements and reduce the risk of the lions breaking out into neighbouring community areas. As an additional precautionary measure the park fence has also been predator-proofed. The collars have a two year life by which time the park team will have evaluated the pride dynamics and can determine whether it is prudent to re-collar any of the animals. On arrival in Johannesburg the seven lions will be immediately lo - - Wednesday 15th April 2015 (1 image)

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