Elephant to be relocated

23 March 2020 | Local News

Swakopmund • [email protected]

The ministry of the environment and tourism will soon relocate the elephant bull that settled at the Rössmund golf course near Swakopmund in February.

According to ministerial spokesperson Romeo Muyunda, this measure is justified due to the property damage that the pachyderm has caused.

“We also recognize that it has now become a public hazard,” Muyunda said.

The elephant has moved along the Swakop River into the urban area at least twice this past week, even taking a trip to the beach. “Early on Wednesday morning he was less than five meters from my fence,” says Gaby Tironnen, who has a smallholding along the river where she grows lucerne that the elephant undoubtedly smelled.

The local branch of the SPCA, which is located in that vicinity, has also called on residents to be vigilant when walking in the area.

In the meantime, Muyunda said that they are arranging for the elephants’ relocation. “We're looking at various options,” he said adding that it was unclear when the relocation would take place.

The elephant visited Swakopmund for the first time at Christmas and has been at Rössmund since February.

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