South African National Parks (SANParks) has received information that four male lions, believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) last night, 9 July 2017, were spotted at Matsulu, a village outside the Park.
SANParks has urged the residents to exercise extra caution.
“KNP Rangers and their counterparts at the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) are in the area searching for the lions and we will give details as soon as they have appraised us,” said KNP’s spokesperson, William Mabasa.
In May five lions escaped from the Kruger National Park. Three were safely transported back into the park by authorities, and the other two were believed to have wandered back in on their own.
SANParks would like to reiterate that residents should be extra vigilant and report any sightings of these dangerous predators to the authorities on 0800 10111.
Further updates will follow until all the lions have been successfully captured, SANParks said in a statement Monday afternoon.
Lions have escaped the Kruger National Park again.
— Sam Styrax (@uncle_uhuru) July 10, 2017
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