IFAW Upbeat on Reclaiming KU National Park's Lost Tourist Attraction
International Fund for Animal Welfare is upbeat on timely completion of an electric fence around Kasungu National park by January next year which is part of the drive to bring back its lost glory.
IFAW Chief of party for Malawi and Zambia Patricio Ndadzera told Zodiak online that so far 27 of the 40 kilometers of the fence has been done.
"We believe that by end of December or early January we should be done with the fence and that we can prepare for translocation of animals into the park."
Both projects, the erection of an electric fence and translocation of animals to repopulate the park are being funded by the United States Agency for International Development at $400,000 and $600, 000 respectively.
"The idea is to repopulate the park which has been depleted over the years due to heavy poaching," said Ndadzera.
The plan is to bring into the park at least 200 elephants and other animal species from government managed and others run by African Parks to reclaim the attraction of the park which was regarded as a tourist hub in the country.
Besides, the fencing project is expected to eliminate human-wildlife conflicts around the park.
Records indicate that on a quarterly basis around 30 cases of human-wildlife conflicts are registered around the park involving species like elephants, hyenas, Bush pigs, and monkeys.
One of the villagers Jailos Chombwe said agriculture activities are greatly compromised with human-wildlife conflicts eventually impacting their social-economic rights.
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