The pride of lions had been spotted at a mine near the town of Phalaborwa, near the border of Mozambique, and it was believed they had escaped from Kruger National Park.
However, officials from the park have denied it is a pride of theirs and they are instead thought to have been living adjacent to the mine for about a year.
Photos have emerged of a pride of lions that have been hanging around a mine near the South African town of Phalaborwa
Kruger National Park general manager Marisa Coetzee told
‘It would be unwise to relocate a lion pride in the territory of an existing pride,’ she said.
‘The disease status of animals is also a consideration when looking at possible release areas.’
Rangers were sent on Friday to recapture the predators, but locals and mine workers have been warned to ‘be alert at all times’.
It is expected they will be captured within the next week.
It was originally thought the 14 lions were from the Kruger National Park, however the park has said they did not
A spokesman for the government of Limpopo province tweeted on Friday: ‘It is suspected that the lions escaped from Kruger National Park.
‘The Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) has allocated field rangers to closely monitor the pride’s movement prior action to be taken.
‘Employees at Foskor Mine and members of the public are hereby advised to be alert at all times.’