Hyena translocation: Update on our Pioneering Hyenas
Have you been following the journey of four spotted Hyenas that we translocated with the Peace Parks Foundation from Sabie Game Park in Mozambique to Zinave National Park?
The Hyenas were first darted in Sabie. They were then transported to Karingani Game Reserve for disease-testing, and again sedated before being flown to Zinave. Upon arrival, the clan were eagerly welcomed by Mozambique’s ANAC and Peace Parks teams who have been co-managing the park for the past 5 years.
The clan are the first large resident predators in the area for four decades. Initially, the team release them into an electrified enclosure. Here, they will spend the next three months settling in before their release into Zinave’s 18,600 ha sanctuary.
By using tracking data from two of the collared animals we can see that they are becoming increasingly confident in their new environment. They have explored the expanse of the sanctuary, moving mostly at night.
Zinave, which lies in the Mozambique component of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, has seen the reintroduction of thousands of animals from 13 different species, all to restore ecological balance to this landscape. With the herbivore population now thriving, it was time to reintroduce predators to ensure that Zinave’s system remains healthy. On advice from the Endangered Wildlife Trust, it was decided to start rebuilding the carnivore guild by bringing in Hyena – both a hunter and scavenger. If you missed the journey, you can see all the episodes about the hyena translocation in our social media videos.
Thank you from all of team Saving The Survivors for your support during the translocation of these Hyena!
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