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Devastated by war, this African park’s wildlife is now thriving

February 18, 2019

In 2004, the Gorongosa Restoration Project began. The project, a partnership between the government of Mozambique and the Carr Foundation, had as its goal to restore the Gorongose National Park, which had been heavily damaged by civil war decades earlier. Today, according to its 2018 aerial wildlife count, the park's population of large mammals is rebounding. Besides wildlife recovery, the restoration of the park has tangibly benefitted the people living in the region, in terms of economic development, as well as access to health care and education.

Key Takeaways:

  • After a period of warfare, the latest released results about wildlife in Mozambique’s Gorongosa national park shows that wildlife is now thriving once again.
  • At the end of the war in 1992, surveys taken found 15 African buffalos, six lions, 100 hippo and a handful of wildebeest.
  • The Gorongosa national park which saw battle during the civil war underwent a restoration project in 2004 as a partnership between the Mozambican government and the Carr foundation.

"A generation after civil war, more than 100,000 large animals populate Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, a rare spot of good news."

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