A pride of lions were safely darted and relocated to the Kruger National Park after they were found wandering around staff quarters. On Sunday, the Malelane Section Ranger received news from Riverside Farm that there were lions roaming freely at the staff compound.
The property sits next to the northern section of the Kruger National Park, near Crocodile River. The ranger dispatched his light aircraft to hover over the area where the lions were sighted to find them.
They were immediately located the very same afternoon.
In an appreciation post, SANParks Kruger National Park Facebook page shared a post saying: “In a joint effort from Rangers, Veterinary Wildlife Services, State Veterinary Department and Riverside Farm the animals were lured onto a bait shortly after sunset, in order to be safely immobilised and returned to the Park. 10 animals were darted, loaded and safely transported back into Kruger NP. A word of appreciation to everyone involved and to Riverside for assisting with the operation from start to finish. The fast reaction from all involved led to a very successful operation.”
Pictures shared on the page showed the animals darted, and their faces covered before they were relocated to the rightful area of the park. Fast-working rangers and the assistance from all involved lead to their safe relocation and no one being harmed.