News just in from the awesome @africanparksnetwork – not only have they reintroduced several lion back into Liwonde National Park in Malawi after a four-year absence, they have just assumed management of a 15th park on the continent, Mangochi Forest Reserve, also in Malawi.
Congratulations African Parks! Thank you for all the work you do and we’re looking forward to the developments that lie in store, both in Malawi and across Africa.
#repost Sleeping lions: an anesthetized lion, one of several to be reintroduced to Liwonde, is cared for by rangers before being woken up. Liwonde in Malawi is undergoing a revival. In February, we reintroduced lions back to the park after the last lion was seen over four years ago; it has been even longer since a breeding population lived in the park. More lions will be joining throughout the year to help create a small but growing pride. Cheetahs were also reintroduced to the park last year after a 100-year absence from the park, and having gone locally extinct in Malawi 20 years ago. And two of the females have since had cubs. Since African Parks assumed management of Liwonde in August 2015, in partnership with the DNPW, our rangers have removed over 31,000 wire snares; poaching has been reduced; human Wildlife conflict mitigated; the number of tourists is up 25% and revenue has increased by 70% since 2016, which goes back to support the park and local communities. And last Thursday we announced that we had just signed on the 15th park to fall under our management, Mangochi Forest Reserve, which adjoins Liwonde and gives the protected and rising wildlife populations even more room to grow. In just two short years, Liwonde has been given a second chance, and it is being restored and transformed, right before our very eyes.
Photo by @stevewinterphoto
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