Monday, 10 December 2012

2 more leopards released into Malawi reserve

Majete leopards
December 2012. The last two of six leopards from South Africa were flown to Majete Wildlife Reserve at the end of November, as part of the final phase of the park's predator introduction programme.

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency in South Africa donated the two leopards to the Malawi Government following the successful introduction of four leopards to Majete over the past year. African Parks facilitated the translocation with funding from the Thandiza Foundation in the Netherlands. The leopards had been held at the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre in Hoedspruit prior to translocation - the +-7-year-old male leopard weighing 63kgs and the +-5-year-old female weighing 43kgs.

The two leopards were sedated and placed into custom built crates before being transported to their new home in Majete. Both leopards have now settled into their holding boma, exploring their new surroundings and feeding off fresh carcasses.

African Parks thanks all those who contributed to the operation, including the South African based charter company, Flitecare and the clearing agent Sediba Clearing.

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