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Malawi celebrated Thursday the successful conclusion of a two-year project moving 520 sedated elephants by truck to a reserve where the animals had been nearly wiped out by poaching. Described as one of the biggest-ever wildlife translocations, the elephants were transported 350 kilometers from two southern parks to the Nkhotakota reserve in the centre of the country. Africa Parks, a conservation organisation that led the translocation, described it as "historic," adding that 261 elephants were moved last year and the remainder this year. Only two elephants died in the process, which was completed on Aug 2 .
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