Davie Mchinga, The Nation
October 25, 2017
See link <http://mwnation.com/2-elephants-loose-kk/> for photo.
Two elephants were on Monday reported to have strayed out of Nkhotakota
Wildlife Reserve, officials confirmed. The incident comes barely weeks
after a woman was killed by another stray elephant which trampled the woman
as she was collecting firewood in the reserve’s buffer zone.
In an interview yesterday, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve park manager Samuel
Kamoto said the stray elephants, which he suspected moved out of the
enclosure due to lack of food, had not caused any harm to communities. He
said a team of rangers were deployed to track the animals.
“Yes I can confirm that two elephants have escaped from Nkhotakota Wildlife
Reserve. We have so far sent a team of rangers to track them,” Kamoto said.
He advised communities to remain calm because the rangers are ensuring the
safety of people living outside the park.
In a separate interview, Stanley Mataka from Chitenje area which is located
about three kilometres from the wildlife reserve, said they abandoned their
farming activities on Monday morning following warnings of advancing
elephants. ?I was busy in my garden when I heard someone shouting. Then I
heard that elephants have run away from the reserve. We are living in
fear,? he said.
Education authorities at Chitenje and Kaombe primary schools said lessons
were disrupted as learners rushed closer to the reserve to see the
elephants. African Parks manages Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve alongside
Liwonde National Park in Machinga as well as Majete Wildlife Reserve in
Chikwawa under concession through public-private partnerships.