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Gorongosa National Park: Conservation and Community Thrive Together

Restoring biodiversity to Gorongosa National Park was the starting point for our E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation partners at the Gorongosa Restoration Project. Today, the park in Mozambique is a living example of how conservation and communities can thrive together.

The project is built on four core areas: tourism, conservation, science and community development. Their achievements in each of these areas have been impressive, so much so that Gorongosa National Park was named a 2019 National Geographic “Best Place to Visit”.

To date, 5,775 species and counting have been recorded in the park. In 2018, 2,800 square kilometers of new land came under park management, a masters program in conservation biology that takes place entirely within Gorongosa National Park was launched, and 261 field rangers, all from local communities and including women, now operate patrols 365 days a year. Painted wolves were successfully reintroduced. The film “On the Front Lines” premiered on World Ranger Day. New water and sanitation benefits reached 45,000 community members.

And those examples only skim the surface of achievements just last year alone. We encourage you to keep reading about this amazing park and the surrounding communities.