ICYMI: we’re moving 200 elephants from #SouthAfrica to #Mozambique to protect the welfare of one country’s wildlife and rebuild the elephant population of another #MovingGiants pic.twitter.com/mB2JtUHfsD— De Beers Group (@debeersgroup) July 24, 2018
De Beers-owned Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (VLNR), which is located about 80 km from Musina im Limpopo and forms part of Mapungubwe National Park, covers an area of 320km². It can accommodate around 60 elephants without causing extensive damage to the Nature Reserve's ecosystem. As a result of natural population growth, VLNR is currently home to 270 elephants. The elephant population in Mozambique's Zinave National Park, which covers an area of 4080km², is estimated to be around only 60 animals. The elephant population in Mozambique was badly hit by a 15-year civil war that ended in 1992. In more recent years, elephants in the country are threatened with extinction because of poaching.