Carnivore Research Malawi have published a full report on the Hyaena Translocation Project.
A collaborative project between Carnivore Research Malawi (CRM) and the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT) resulted in the successful capture of four spotted hyaenas’ (Crocuta crocuta) between July 2014 and December 2014 from Lilongwe City, the capital of Malawi. The animals were captured and housed temporarily in Lilongwe Wildlife Centre to mitigate human wildlife conflict in the city, in partnership with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW).
The aim of the capture was to relocate the animals into Liwonde National Park (LNP), away from potential human conflict. The initial release in January 2015 was postponed due to severe weather, and was rescheduled for early April 2015. With support from Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS), Airtel, Nottingham Trent University (NTU), the Wildlife Emergency Response Unit (WERU, a joint initiative between LWT and DNPW) and AGS Movers the animals were released into LNP on Monday 13th April 2015. The transport and relocation was a great success with all animals arriving safely on the evening of the 13th. After a few hours in the temporary holding boma the animals were released and have subsequently been closely monitored by the CRM scientists, using VHF and satellite tracking to monitor their progress post-release.