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Mozambique is blessed with spectacular wildlife, and burdened by crushing poverty. The confluence of these circumstances has resulted in a 70% loss of Mozambique’s wildlife since 1975. Innovative projects working at the nexus of community welfare and biodiversity conservation are needed to save Mozambique’s irreplaceable nature. 

Beach in Mozambique. Photo by Hendri Brits.

Mozambique's Ecology

Hundreds of animals live in Mozambique’s wildlands, including African wild dogs, cheetahs, black rhinoceros, and lions. On the coasts and in Mozambiques marine refuges, manta rays and whale sharks sail between this country’s unparalleled coral reefs. All of these creatures depend upon healthy land and seascapes, which are increasingly jeopardized by Mozambique’s uncontrolled poverty. While instituting new protected areas, the government of Mozambique is also developing an eco-tourism economy to bring greater stability to the country’s human population while protecting its natural heritage. 

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.


Frankfurt Zoological Society

We conserve wildlife and ecosystems focusing on protected areas and outstanding wild places.

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London Zoological Society (ZSL)

Working to protect wildlife around the world, ZSL is inspiring action while innovating on-the-ground work that values and supports all communities, human and ecological.

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African Wild Dogs. Photo by Sharp Photography.
Gorongosa National Park

A 15 year civil war emptied this park of nearly all its wildlife, including elephant and rhinos. Since the mid-1990s much has been done to return animals to this expansive area.

Mozambique Primeiras Segundas Archipelago Reserve
Primeiras Segundas Archipelago Reserve

Mangroves, manatees, and underwater canyons can be found in this, Africa’s second largest marine reserve. Cold upwellings protect coral reefs from bleaching in these turquoise waters. 

Drifting seahorse. Photo by Naomi Tamar.
Quirimbas National Park

Rich in terrestrial and marine life, this park is home to several threatened species, including the pipefish and the seahorses. Lack of law enforcement plagues the protection of this area.

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