Gorongosa National Park is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, and yet we know virtually nothing about the great majority of its inhabitants. We are conducting a comprehensive inventory of all forms of life in the Gorongosa ecosystem, a task critical towards effective restoration and maintenance of this unique protected area. This work is the first large-scale, all-taxa survey of a complex ecosystem in Africa.
One of the key advocates for our biodiversty research is Professor E.O. Wilson who is dedicating much of his current work to understanding the rich biodiversity of Gorongosa National Park and educating the public on this ecologically unique place. In 2011, Professor Wilson led a Bioblitz on Mount Gorongosa with the support of local people to begin documenting the biodiversity of the Park.
The Gorongosa Biodiversity Project serves as both as a platform to create a new cadre of Mozambican biologists and conservationists, and an opportunity for scientists worldwide to research the diversity and ecological complexity of one of the least biologically explored parts of the continent.
Two important components of the project are the creation of a state-of-the-art biological laboratory for conducing long-term research in the park, and the establishment of the first synoptic collection of the flora and fauna of a major national park in southern Africa, which will include genetic barcoding of all its species diversity.
Video by Federico Pardo / The Field Museum