About 200 elephants move away from the national park in Tanzania
Tanzanian authorities have issued a warning to villages adjacent to Nyerere National Park saying at least 200 elephants have moved away from the park.
Damas Ndumbaro, the Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, said on Sunday that elephants could wreak havoc in villages in Namtumbo and Tunduru districts in Ruvuma region in southern Tanzania.
“A recent satellite survey showed that around 200 elephants have moved away from Nyerere National Park and could wreak havoc in villages,” Ndumbaro said during a visit to six villages that were attacked by elephants.
He said the encroachment of protected areas of wildlife by herders was one of the reasons that forced elephants to move away from their habitats.
Ndumbaro said elephants avoid mixing with cattle because they are allergic to chemicals used in treating cattle.
The minister said another reason that forced elephants to move away from their habitats was crops grown near wildlife protected areas that attracted elephants.
Ndumbaro said incidents of stray elephants killing villagers and destroying agricultural crops were on the rise despite government efforts to control the animals.