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Science and Conservation

Gorongosa - Covid-19 Update

We have decided to close down tourism in Gorongosa National Park until further notice.  We want to play our part in reducing movement and transmission of this disease that has the potential to profoundly affect the communities surrounding the Park .Our dedicated rangers, our community health staff, our agricultural support workers and our science team will all be continuing with their work. We hope to see you soon.  If you need further information please send an email to  [email protected] 

Science 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! 

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.

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 built the '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.