South Africa: Communities in northern KwaZulu-Natal warned of change in elephant migration

Dec 12, 2023 | News

By Garrin Lambley, The South African

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s Musa Mntambo has warned those living near the Ndumo Game Reserve at the province’s border with Mozambique to stay vigilant and report any elephant sightings.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is a governmental organisation responsible for maintaining wildlife conservation areas and biodiversity in KwaZulu-Natal.

“As a departure from the norm, the elephants have recently started to enter South Africa via the northern boundary of Ndumo Game reserve, which is not, as opposed to Tembe Elephant Park, a suitable elephant habitat reserve,” Mntambo said according to the East Coast Radio website.

“Ndumo parameter fencing was not designed to keep elephants within it. The consequence of this is that elephants transverse easily, through Ndumo Game Reserve and down the south and east of the reserve into South Africa’s community land, causing damage to property and crops.”

Mntambo confirmed that five elephants have already been put down due to the risk posed to human life after wandering out of the southern boundary into the community.

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