Gorongosa National Park is one of the most beautiful and special places in Africa. Thanks to its varied terrain, the richness of its soil, and the blessings of plentiful rain, Gorongosa boasts a remarkable variety of different ecosystems, each with its own "cast of characters":
from the big things we marvel at (like lions)...
to the little things we barely notice (like ants).
After preliminary exploration, some of the world's leading scientists recently declared Gorongosa to be one of the most "biodiverse" places on Earth - that's a scientific way of saying Gorongosa is home to an astonishing range and variety of creatures, some of which are "endemic" or unique to this park. Every year, we discover more and more reasons why Gorongosa is truly special. And why it needs very special protection.
The critical job of protecting and saving this priceless world treasure falls to our amazing Department of Conservation. Led by Director of Conservation Pedro Muagura, these passionate and dedicated men and women are at the front lines of our effort to preserve Gorongosa for future generations of Mozambicans and guests from around the world.
It's incredibly hard work: rangers patrol endless miles of wilderness for days on end, away from their families and the comforts of home. They often put themselves at risk working with large carnivores or huge elephants. But, as difficult as it is, it's also incredibly rewarding work: these men and women can rightly feel proud of the vital role they play in protecting this beautiful place and its majestic wildlife.
We invite you to spend time learning about the ways our Department of Conservation ensures Gorongosa will remain wild and free.