People in Nkhotakota have killed an elephant that is believed to have escaped from Nkhotakota National Park.
Information that Malawi24 has gathered indicates that the elephant got stuck in the mud of Chia lagoon in the district.
Malawi24 has established that people took advantage of the elephant’s failure of movement to kill it.
It is yet to be established if it was one of the elephants that have been relocated from Majete Game Reserve and Liwonde Wildlife Park to Nkhotakota National Park by African Parks.
More than 500 elephants have been relocated from natural reserves where the species have been heavily poached to Nkhotakota National Park.
Conservationists feel that moving elephants from Majete and Liwonde Wildlife Parks to Nkhotakota will help restore elephant populations in Malawi and Africa.
African Parks is a non-profit group based in Johannesburg which manages all the three wildlife reserves.
For the elephants to be taken to Nkhotakota, the plans came amid continued decline of elephants in Africa due to massive poaching which happened in order to meet the growing demand for ivory, mostly in parts of Asia.