Amanda Watson
News Editor
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19 Oct 2019
6:05 am

Hungry elephants escape drought-stricken KNP to find food

Amanda Watson

About six escapes had occurred in recent weeks, said the Kruger National Park’s spokesperson, Ike Phaahla.

An elephant in the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga and Limpopo when food was more abundant. Picture: Amanda Watson

The drought escalation in the Kruger National Park is forcing its elephants into a growing number of escapes from the park as they hunt for food. This was confirmed yesterday by the park’s spokesperson, Ike Phaahla, who said that thanks to cooperation between the park and the Mpumalanga Tourism and Park Agency (MTPA) there had been no incidents. About six escapes had occurred in recent weeks, Phaahla said, of which three were in the north of the park, and “possibly” three in the Malelane Crocodile River area. “Once outside the park, the elephants become the MTPA’s problem,” said Phaahla. “On...