zuzu, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Massi says the relocation of 34 elephants from Liwonde National Park will attract more tourists at Nyika National Park.
Massi made the remarks at Nyika National Park Tuesday when he and his counterpart, Zambian Minister of Tourism and Arts Charles Banda welcomed the elephants to Nyika National Park.
The boundary between the two countries passes through Nyika National Park with Malawi and Zambia owning 3,200 and 80 square kilometres of the park respectively.
Massi said many tourists across the globe like to visit Nyika National Park because it is one of the oldest and unique national parks in the country and in Africa due to its beautiful and unique scenery.
He further said the coming of the 34 elephants will also boost the economies of the two countries thereby improving the livelihood of rural masses with social amenities such as clinics and school blocks.
So far, we have moved 520 elephants from Liwonde National Park, 34 of these have come here and the rest have gone to Nkhotakota Game Reserve. We are doing all this to boost the tourism sector of our two countries, he said.
Massi then urged the surrounding communities to work hand in hand with the government in protecting the wild animals.
On his part, Banda said if well natured, the tourism sector can surpass other sectors like Agriculture and Mining in terms of generating resources for the two countries and boost Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Without animals there will be no tourism; the more animals we have, the more we attract tourists. So let’s protect our animals because if we don’t, we are going to lose a resource that is already showing signs of surpassing other sectors, he said.
The transfer of the 520 elephants to Nkhotakota Game Reserve and Nyika National Park is said to be the first of its kind in SADC region in terms of numbers.
The transfer of the 34 elephants to Nyika National Park follows the signing of a treaty on 7 July, 2015 by presidents of Malawi and Zambia.
Nyika National Park had 100 elephants and the coming in of the 34 brings the number to 134.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA