Lion arrival completes Big Five at Majete

21st Aug 2012

The reintroduction of lions into the Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi this month means it will be the only wildlife reserve in the country with the 'Big Five'.

Three lions will arrive at the park on August 25 from South Africa, completing the wild animal quintet by which all safari holiday destinations are judged.

The other four members - the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard, and the rhinoceros - are already present in the reserve.

Leopards were the most recent addition to the park, arriving in October last year and January this year.

Majete, which is located in the Lower Shire Valley in southern Malawi, is a 70,000-hectare park. It was granted protected status in 1955, but many of the animals suffered at the hands of poachers in the '80s and '90s.

Nine years ago, the African Parks Network struck an agreement withthe Malawian government to take control of the park, which combines lush forest, river valleys, and granite-topped hills.


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