Crowds cheer as IFAW resumes elephant move in Malawi
After a brief suspension, the International Fund for Animal Welfare resumed its elephant capture operation today in Malawi.
The helicopter reconnaissance flight looking for elephants started at 7am and just 30 minutes later, the team had identified a group of about 30 elephants which separated into family groups.
A group of nine elephants – five males and four females (comprising three adults, five adolescents and one very young calf) – were herded towards the recovery vehicles and successfully darted.
The recovery went without a hitch and the elephants were transported on the flatbed vehicles to the transport vehicles A crowd of 800 to 1000 people gathered along the road to celebrate the elephant’s departure.
The nine elephants arrived at Majete Wildlife Reserve at 6 this evening and have been released into the boma where they will be held for approximately 24 hours. Once the door is opened, the elephants are able to depart at their own free will into their new and secure home.
The next capture is scheduled for Saturday 20th June. Stay tuned!