The spokesman for the national wildlife park (NWP) confirmed that the South African rangers on Monday continued searching for four male lions that escaped from the country’s flagship Kruger National Park.
SANParks spokesperson William Mabasa says that the lions were seen near a road a few kilometres from the park.
According to reports, it is not yet known how the Lions got out of the park, most of which is fenced.
The Tourism and Parks Agency of Mpumalanga province, where part of the Kruger Park is located, said it was helping rangers and police in their search.
Johannes Nobunga, chief executive officer of the agency says: “We urge the communities to be alert and inform us of any sightings,”.
“The terrain in which the search is being conducted poses some challenges for the team, however, we will continue to work with farm owners and the community in the area to provide us with any information that will assist us with this operation,’’ he added in a statement.
This comes after five lions escaped in May, “Four of them were captured and taken back to the park, but the fifth one has not been found,’’ Mabasa says.
He says that lions occasionally walk out of the Kruger Park, a wildlife area the size of Israel.“Sometimes an entire year passes without lions escaping, and in other years we have a few cases of them escaping,’’ Mabasa says.