Search is on after four lions escape from Kruger Park
RANGERS were searching yesterday for four male lions that escaped from the Kruger National Park, a spokesman said.
The lions were seen late on Sunday near a road a few kilometres from the park, SANParks spokesman William Mabasa said by phone.
It was not known how the lions got out of the park, most of which is fenced.
The Tourism and Parks Agency of Mpumalanga province, in which part of the Kruger Park is located, said it was helping rangers and police in their search.
“We urge the surrounding communities to be alert and to inform us of any sightings,” said Johannes Nobunga, the agency’s chief executive.
“The terrain in which the search is being conducted poses some challenges for the team,” he said.
“However, we will continue to work with farm owners and the community in the area to provide us with any information that will assist us with this operation.”
The escape of the lions follows that of five lions in May.
Four of them were captured and taken back to the park, but the fifth one has not been found. Mabasa said it may have been poached, or returned to the park by itself.
Lions occasionally wander out of the Kruger Park, a wildlife area the size of Israel.
“Sometimes an entire year passes without any reports of lions escaping, and in other years we have a few cases of them escaping,” Mabasa said.