UPDATE: Escaped Kruger lions 'in rocky Crocodile gorge'

Cape Town - SANParks says the four lions, believed to have escaped the Kruger National Park on Sunday 9 July, are in the south of the Crocodile gorge, with operations to retrieve them currently underway.

SANParks General Manager - Veterinary Wildlife Services, Dr Markus Hofmeyr says "The lions are currently believed to be in very rocky, mountainous and thickly wooded uninhabited areas south of the Crocodile gorge, and the MTPA have very experienced staff dealing with the situation, and together with SANParks every effort will be made to locate and capture them."

SEE: UPDATE: Search continues for four Kruger lions, visitors advised to be extra cautious

“SANParks is working very closely with MTPA officials to secure the capture of the lions and our rangers, air wing and veterinarians are on immediate standby to provide any further support required by MTPA to capture the lions”.

Hofmeyr says since Monday to teams have made every effort lure and catch the four lions that were first sighted wandering near the N4 / Crocodile River gorge area, which is managed by MTPA.

A group of lions went on the prowl in May and were successfully captured without incident, but Hofmeyr says, "It is unlikely that the four lions that have been spotted in the Matsulu area are the same as the lions that escaped two months ago in the Komatipoort area." 

PICS: Tourist gets lucky as she spots escaped Kruger lion being recaptured 

SANParks says the lion population in the park has grown exponentially and it attributes "young males looking to own new territories within the park" as a reason for the sudden increase of lions moving beyond the park's borders. 

"Naturally occurring factors like the drought over the last two years, an abundance of animals for predators like lions to feed on, and an increase in their population" are all contributing factors says SANParks.

Visitors are being advised to treat the animals as dangerous and they should not be approached or interfered with in any way or for any reason.

Sightings of the missing lions or any sign of their presence they should immediately make contact with MTPA officials at 083 626 6792, SANParks on 076 801 9679 or 013 735 0197/4064 or SAPS on 080010111.

What to read next on Traveller24:

WATCH: 'Late check-out' SA traveller shoved down stairs by Airbnb host in Amsterdam

WATCH: #ComeHomeBru: SA Tourism video takes a stab at Aussie icons

Cape Town photographer's creativity awarded in global drone competition 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Who do you think is going to win the 2020 US election?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Biden is going to take it
46% - 4737 votes
It's four more years for Trump
54% - 5638 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
16.52
(-0.11)
ZAR/GBP
21.39
(-0.23)
ZAR/EUR
19.45
(-0.53)
ZAR/AUD
11.68
(+0.29)
ZAR/JPY
0.16
(-0.06)
Gold
1903.13
(+0.15)
Silver
24.36
(+0.65)
Platinum
857.00
(-0.58)
Brent Crude
43.03
(0.00)
Palladium
2329.73
(+0.90)
All Share
55161.03
(+0.21)
Top 40
50741.94
(+0.09)
Financial 15
9977.80
(+3.10)
Industrial 25
74762.95
(-0.61)
Resource 10
54129.95
(-0.07)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo