https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/20/these-elephants-are-being-tranquilized-strung-up-and-driven-185-miles-thats-a-good-thing/These elephants are being tranquilized, strung up and driven 185 miles.

...The project is simple in theory and difficult in reality: African Parks, along with the Malawi Department of National Parks and Wildlife, are moving 500 elephants about 185 miles down the road from their current habitat....

Malawi is home to one of Africa’s densest human populations, and the resulting development is pushing elephants out. Not only are the animals’ habitats being slowly destroyed by the encroaching buildings and pollution that accompany human expansion, but African elephants are at a particularly high risk from poachers, who slaughter the behemoths for their twin ivory tusks....

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....According to the release, the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve has “for years been depleted of wildlife.” Its once-proud 1,500 elephants now number at a meager 100.

The solution is to move the surplus elephants to a 16,000-hectare sanctuary in Nkhotakota, a trek of about 185 miles. There, conservationists hope the elephants will continue to reproduce, and those elephants can, in turn, be relocated to other parts of Africa that have suffered from heavy poaching....