Liuwa Plain National Park in Kalabo district in Western Province has recorded a remarkable increase in the number of key species of wild animals over the past one year.
According to findings of a recent aerial survey conducted by African Parks, the number of Wildebeests, Zebras and Red Lechwes have increased.
Park Manager Deon Joubert told ZANIS that Wildebeests have been estimated at 40,000 stock count which was surveyed across a total of 3,600 square kilometers of the upper–west Zambezi ecosystem.
Mr. Joubert explained that the huge increase from 26,000 in 2017 has been attributed to this year’s coverage of an additional 556 square kilometers of the north-west Game Management Area (GMA) of Liuwa where 10,000 Wildebeests were counted.
He expressed optimism that sustainable wildlife conservation practices in Liuwa were bearing fruit as evidenced from the remarkable increase from 15,000 wildebeests in 2003 when African Parks assumed management of the park.
Mr. Joubert said Liuwa’s carnivore population has also recovered steadily saying the increase in Wildebeests has provided a thriving prey base for carnivores such as hyenas, cheetahs and lions.
He added that Buffalo and other species re-introduced in Liuwa were doing well and their numbers increasing steadily.
Mr. Joubert observed that the re-stocking measures were helping to restore Liuwa’s ecological system to its natural conservation status.