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Two Talented Mozambican Women get the Opportunity of a Lifetime

December 20, 2013

Two of Gorongosa’s bright young women, Domingas Maria do Céu Manuel Aleixo (19),  and Celina Mourinho Alfredo Dias (24) of Gorongosa Village, are about to embark on an opportunity of a lifetime. Domingas and Celina are both science interns for the Gorongosa Lion Project, a research project focused on recovery and conservation of Gorongosa’s lions. They have been selected to travel to California in March for an intensive 4-week training program.


Domingas (left) and Celina (right) replace a camera trap while working for the Gorongosa Lion Project


Domingas and Celina will stay alongside other young science interns at the National Park's Service's “Tomales Bay Research Station” in Marin County, California. As part of the training program, they will work alongside National Park Service scientists studying harbor seals and elephant seals. Then, they will assist with mountain lion research in the Santa Cruz Mountains with Dr. Chris Wilmers of the University of California at Santa Cruz. They will also receive introductory English language training and computer training. The Gorongosa Lion Project’s own Paola Bouley be there as a mentor and supervisor during their stay.

Domingas gets a lesson from Bob Poole on shooting video


A U.S. donor focused on career development for young Mozambican women provided full funding for this amazing experience. Also, this would not be possible without the partnership and support of the US National Park Service and the University of California at Santa Cruz. This training will prepare both young interns for their important work with the Gorongosa Lion Project beginning in April 2014. We congratulate these two intelligent young women who have immense potential to establish careers in Gorongosa National Park.