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Science and Conservation

The major national emergency response currently cannot focus on our park neighbours, as they focus on the Buzi floodplains further south.  In the meantime hundreds of people are trapped along the upper Pungue near the park and are without food and safe water. First signs of disease spreading  have been reported. Gorongosa National Park is dedicated to  set up its own emergency “Food Programme” and we now have organised our own helicopter and are now working with our rangers in saving our neighbours. We keep you updated as the situation evolves. 
Park Staff are working hard to provide emergency relief to the surrounding communities, and ensure that normal life returns to peoples lives as soon as possible. While we do not have definite dates yet, we anticipate that sometime in April or May the Park will again be open to scientists, technicians and aid workers.  Regular Tourism is expected to begin again early June. We still anticipate selling Gorongosa Coffee later this year. 
We will continue to update as we get more information. 
Science and Conservation in Gorongosa


"Gorongosa, I will say it now, is ecologically the most diverse park in the world" - E.O. Wilson

This is an incredibly exciting time for science in Gorongosa! Some of the top scientists in the world are working here, studying everything from lions and elephants to katydids and termite mounds! One of these world-famous scientists is Professor E.O. Wilson, one of the world's foremost voices on conservation and biology today. He is dedicating much of his current work on the Gorongosa Restoration Project including an upcoming book, biological surveys in Gorongosa, and chapters in his Life on Earth iBooks textbook. We are naming our new research laboratory after Professor Wilson in honor of his participation in our scientific research.


E. O. Wilson's Life on Earth is a new digital biology textbook for high school students that features Gorongosa National Park in several chapters as a model ecosystem and the ideal background for lessons in ecology and evolution. 


A Journey Through Gorongosa


The results of the work of our scientists will not only inform future conservation decisions in Gorongosa but will also make a huge contribute to our knowledge and understanding of species biodiversity and how all the parts of an ecosystem fit together. The research being done here will offer new clues about how to restore and save the wild places and wild animals of the world.


Discovering Mount Gorongosa - Trailer

Video by Federico Pardo / The Field Museum. Read more about Gorongosa's Biodiversity Surveys

Even if you can't be here in person, you can still participate in the conservation research being done in the Park by joining our online citizen scientist community at WildCam Gorongosa. Here, you can help identify animals in photos taken by the motion-activated trail cameras. The data generated is then returned to scientists in Gorongosa National Park (GNP) to help with their research. With the high volume of photos, citizen scientists are an essential component of the WildCam project. Participants don’t need any special training; the website is clearly designed, and it’s easy and fascinating to contribute to important research.

Gorongosa is truly at the cutting edge of scientific research and we invite you to visit, join our scientists in the field, and learn about their thrilling, ground-breaking work.



Our approach at the Department of Scientific Services has three parts:


Research – Scientists, both from our team and visiting researchers, are working in the field to collect information that is vital to understanding how Gorongosa’s ecological web fits together. This information is used to form an important baseline to track changes over time and to answer pressing questions informing our conservation and park management decisions. We are committed to supporting Mozambican scientists and staff.

Learn about our research on lions, elephants, biodiversity, and ecosystem monitoring

Find out how you can become a researcher


Analysis & Management – The wealth of information that is collected by our researchers is stored in databases so that future researchers can build upon data collected in the past. We are building the new 'EO Wilson Laboratory' in the park to give researchers the space and tools they need to analyze and safely store their field data.

Learn more about the Wilson Lab


Planning – Scientific research forms an integral part of the long-term plan for the restoration of the Gorongosa ecosystem. As new information is collected, we use an adaptive approach to evaluate and change our strategy over time. Also, targeted research projects help us make important decisions about immediate conservation needs and tourism development.