Saturday is World Wildlife Day - for Big Cats!! In Majete Wildlife Reserve, a small park in southern Malawi with a devastating past, something miraculous is happening. By the early 2000’s the park had been completely hunted out – rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, everything poached and only a few antelope remained. The forest was beginning to be felled for charcoal; only 12 scouts were employed, and not one single tourist had visited in the park in the prior three years, meaning not one single dollar had made its way into the park. But in 2003, the conservation organization @AfricanParksNetwork entered into a long-term agreement with the Malawian Government to manage the reserve and bring it back to life. After securing the park, they brought back rhinos in 2003, elephants in 2006, lions in 2012 and 1,200 other animals over the years. They built schools, delivered healthcare, prevented conflict, and worked closely with local communities to deliver other needed benefits. Fast forward just 15 years, and Majete has now been restored. Wildlife is thriving and since their reintroductions, not one elephant or rhino has been lost to poaching. Elephant numbers grew to over 400 last year, where some were moved to help repopulate another park in Malawi. More than 180 people are employed, and in the last year 9,000 tourists visited the park, half of those were Malawian nationals, and they brought in over $500,000 in tourism revenue which goes back to helping protect Majete and to local community programs. Today, more than 22,000 animals call the park home. And just last week, the first two, of what will be up to 10 lions, were translocated from Majete to help bring lions back to another park – Liwonde - in Malawi. Majete has become a source for wildlife and is helping to repopulate other parks in the country. @AfricanParksNetwork is living proof that well-run protected areas can deliver countless benefits for people and wildlife alike. Follow them for more inspiring stories from Across Africa.
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