1 Tahrcountry Musings: Largest ever translocation on way in Africa

Friday, October 14, 2005

Largest ever translocation on way in Africa

In what has been described as the largest ever translocation,20 elephants have been airlifted from Botswana to Angola's Kissama National Park which was devastated by more than 25 years of civil war. Kissma had 4000 elephants before the war. Today few,if any,elephants are in the park.This is the the second leg of a project christened "Operation Noah's Ark". If the translocation goes well, the organizers hope to move 300 to 500 more elephants next year. The move was also prompted by an urgent need to cull or remove elephants from northern Botswana, which has a population of about 120,000—about 70,000 more than the land can sustain.

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