Mozambicans and others celebrated the Gorongosa National Park’s 60th birthday on July 23, 2020.
In addition to the presence of Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, the celebration included an announcement that the Gorongosa Project – along with its partners and donors – plans to build 60 new primary schools in the Buffer Zone over the next decade.
According to Park officials, the schools will create an unbreakable bond between future generations, nature, and the sacred world we know as Gorongosa National Park.
Gorongosa was named a National Park by the government of Portugal in 1960. The local population and the Park’s large mammals suffered terrible losses during a civil war from 1981 to 1994. The Park buildings and roads were destroyed. The civil war ended in 1992 but widespread hunting in the Park continued for two more years.
In 2004 the Government of Mozambique and the US-based Carr Foundation agreed to work together to rebuild the Park’s infrastructure, restore its wildlife populations and spur local economic development–opening an important new chapter in the Park’s history.
Gorongosa National Park is now home to more than 100,000 large mammals, up from a few remnant populations that survived the war. Today they share the park with over 6,300 other species of animals and plants.