Last family to leave Macavene

Limpopo National Park authorities are busy with the resettlement of the last family left in the village of Macavene. They have agreed to move as soon as their crops are harvested in the next couple of months. This will finally permit the long-awaited translocation of 200 animals from South Africa to the LNP.

The aim is to increase wildlife in the area around the park headquarters and to provide tourists with more opportunities to observe these animals in their natural surroundings. Animals to be introduced include buffalo, impalas, zebras and wildebeest, as well as some smaller species.

Between 2001 and 2006 the LNP received just over four thousand animals from Kruger National Park, including antelopes and the Big Five. These were intended to replace species devastated by 16 years of warfare that had ended in 1992 with the signing of a peace agreement between the warring factions.

Protecting these animals is of paramount importance. While they are not of high value to professional poachers, who are mainly interested in rhino and elephant, they can be vulnerable to illegal hunting for bush meat. The park is putting in place a number of measures to protect all of its wildlife.

Amongst these is more investment in training, and communications and anti-poaching equipment for the ranger corps.  With the deployment of the new conservation police force, the park’s capacity to respond to poaching threats should be greatly enhanced. A further measure is to improve and strengthen cross-border co-operation between Kruger and Limpopo.