Malawi moves elephants from overcrowded park to larger one

An elephant is hoisted into a transport vehicle at the Liwonde National Park southern Malawi, Sunday, July 10 2022. One by one, 250 elephants are being moved from Malawi's overcrowded Liwonde National Park to the much larger Kasungu park 380 kilometers (236 miles) away in the country's north. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi)

LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK, Malawi (AP) - A tranquilized baby elephant is hoisted into the air and gently placed in a large truck that will take it to a new home.

One by one, 250 elephants are being moved from Malawi's overcrowded Liwonde National Park to the much larger Kasungu park 380 kilometers (236 miles) away in the country's north.

The elephants are tracked in the park and darts are fired to sedate them. While in slumber they are moved into the large trucks that take them to Kusungu park.

So far at least 40 elephants have been moved and the rest should go by the end of the month at a total cost of about $1.5 million to $2 million, according to officials. In addition, about 405 other wildlife, including buffalo, impala, sable, warthog and waterbuck will be moved to Kasungu.

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