The world's largest diamond producer, De Beers, says it has started an operation to relocate 200 elephants from South Africa to Mozambique in a conservation effort to protect the welfare of wildlife in South Africa and boost Mozambique’s populations after they were depleted during 15 years of civil war that ended in 1992. The operation is one of the largest elephant translocations ever recorded in South Africa.
Peace Parks Foundation, a leading not-for-profit organization focused on the preservation of large functional cross-border ecosystems, will partner with De Beers, which owns the South African nature reserve, to carry out the initiative and ensure the elephants’ social groups aren’t disturbed, according to Reuters.
For the first phase of the project, the first 60 of the world’s biggest land mammals will go to the Zinave National Park in central Mozambique. De Beers will provide funding to help counter poaching, the diamond company said in a released statement. The remaining elephants will be moved to conservation areas that hold sufficient elephant carrying capacity within Mozambique.