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.
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.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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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.
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.
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.