Eight lions that escaped from Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (HiP) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, earlier this week have now been safely recaptured and returned to the park.
Description of the incident, by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife:
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Ezemvelo) has recaptured the eight lions that escaped from Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (HiP).
Ezemvelo discovered late Tuesday afternoon that three lioness and five cubs had escaped from HiP. Tracking began immediately and by sunset the escaped lions had not been recaptured.
Early the following morning reports of lion sightings near Hlabisa were received and our field rangers started the process of recapturing them. A helicopter was used to aid the recapture process and all eight lions were safely returned into the park by around 12:00 on Wednesday.
So far Ezemvelo has received reports of three cows allegedly killed by the lions. An investigation conducted has confirmed that the cows were killed by the lions.
Ezemvelo will compensate all the affected owners of the three cows within a month or so.