(Xinhua) -- Mozambique’s Maputo Special
Reserve, formerly known as the Maputo Elephant Reserve
(REM), will receive 100 buffaloes from South Africa, the
reserve’s head of inspection said on Tuesday.
“These are buffaloes that have fled
South Africa’s reserves and have allocated themselves
into habitat areas in the Matutuine district of Maputo
near the border with the two countries,” said Natercio
Ngovene at a press conference.
According to Ngovene, the animals
cannot be given back to South Africa for reasons agreed
between the two countries, regarding the repatriation of
animals that cross borders.
“With this number of buffaloes we will
ensure the repopulation of the species in the Maputo
Reserve, which has until then five buffaloes,” he
Ngovene added that the potential of
tourism will also increase with the entry of the
buffaloes in this reserve.
The head of REM’s inspection said that
at this moment the buffaloes are being taken from the
areas where the animals settled, to the Maputo Reserve.
“The buffaloes were in the wrong
place. We are very close to the border with South
Africa and Swaziland. These specifically have left
South Africa,” said Ngovene.
The capture of the animals is being
conducted by the South African company Tracy and Du
Plessis Game Capture.
Natercio Ngovene also said that the
animals did not cause any damage in residential areas
where buffaloes were settled and the capture is
Located about 100 kilometers southeast
of the city of Maputo, the REM is the home of 350
African elephants, birds, zebra, antelope, crocodiles,
hippos and small bucks.