In southern Malawi, Majete Wildlife Reserve covers about 700km² of fairly rugged, hilly bush of the Lower Shire Valley – and has been intensively protected and re-stocked with game since about 2003. Vegetation is diverse, ranging from moist miombo woodland in the western hills, to dry savannah in the east with prominent thickets along the riverbanks. Up to date, more than 2,550 animals of 12 different species have been reintroduced to Majete. These include most notably elephant and black rhino. Others include buffalo eland waterbuck hartebeest impala zebra and warthog Resident mammal species that were present in Majete prior to intense poaching in the 1990s. These were the kudu reedbuck the common duiker bushbuck Sharpe’s grysbok, suni and the bush pig. As part of the undertaking to rehabilitate the reserve to create a functioning ecosystem, an extensive restocking program was initiated. The reintroduction of all species was based on historic records of their occurrence in the area.
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