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Media Release: Four of the five KNP escaped Lions successful captured and delivered back in the Park

10 May 2017

Four of the five lions believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) have been successfully darted and returned to Park, with one still at large. 

A resident reported a sighting of these animals at the N4 / Mananga crossing outside the town of Komatipoort on Monday, 08 May 2017.  

South African National Parks (SANParks) CEO, Fundisile Mketeni has expressed his gratitude to the dedicated SANParks team along with members of the SA Police Service and the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) for a sterling job resulting in the successful darting and capture of the four lions. “We acknowledge that the area presented challenges for the search teams, but their persistence and dedication under those difficult circumstances has ensured safe return of these animals into the KNP with no injury or loss to human life.” 

SANParks would like to reiterate the police call for residents to be extra vigilant and report any sighting of the remaining lion still at large to the authorities on 080010111, 0768019679 or 013 735 0197.  

Further updates will follow until all the lions have been successfully captured.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications:

Media Enquiries: 
William Mabasa
SANParks, Acting Head of Communications
Tel: 012 426 5170; 082 807 3919
Email: William.Mabasa@sanparks.org

Reynold “Rey T” Thakhuli
GM: Media, PR & Stakeholder Relations, SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999
Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org 

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