Many stray animals returned to Akagera Park – Rwanda

The installation of an electronic fence around Akagera National Park has helped to control animals from escaping.

According to local leaders and Rwanda Development Board, the animals which had initially been left out of the fence have been menacing villages. According to nearby residents, the animals have been threats to the people. A few days ago a stray buffalo killed a peasant on his way to routine farming activities.

The Akagera Management Company Started operation to send back the escaped animals inside in order to protect people’s crops.

“We sent back 20 buffaloes on Tuesday, totaling to 358 so far…inevitably, hundreds of animals remained behind the fence. There are several Zebras and other small animals that we will continue to push back to the park,” said Mutanga.

He went ahead to warn residents to be careful while moving along the borders of the park until all animals are pushed inside the park fence. “The operation may go as far as next year…this is when we can declare the whole stretch along the park safe. Until then, people should be careful and alert authorities whenever they see the animals moving outside the park.”

Leonard Karinganire, a resident of the area, however, complained that the operation to rid the population of the animals was too slow.

Akagera National Park hosts a variety of animals and most likely by many tourists. Morning and afternoon game drives are done alongside other activities. This wildlife national park protects the largest stock of animals in Rwanda.

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