Angolan elephants destroy fence at irrigation project

29 Apr 2014 12:20pm
MUSESE, 29 APR (NAMPA) – A herd of eight elephants which raided the Musese irrigation project in the Kavango West Region last week by destroying a fence there, have trekked back to Angola.
The marauding pachyderms destroyed 300 metres of fencing, and two hectares of maize crops.
Musese, situated some 70 kilometres west of Rundu in the Kavango West Region’s Kahenge Constituency, is one of the six Green Scheme projects in the region.
The project’s manager Fafa Sinonge told Nampa on Tuesday that the elephants trekked back to neighbouring Angola on Saturday, which is where they originally came from.
Officials from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) were called in to help chase them back to their country of origin, but the herd luckily returned of their own accord.
Sinonge, nonetheless, cautioned villagers to be vigilant and not to come near the project as the elephants might return, adding a new danger as there is also a tiger said to be roaming the area.
The elephants came from Angola, and crossed into the country via the Okavango River last Tuesday.
They went straight to the Musese project, where they wreaked havoc.
Last year, a herd of elephants also destroyed crops and a fence at the same project, forcing MET officials to camp at the project for about a month.
They eventually had to shoot one elephant. The other elephants then trekked back to Angola.