Six girls from Girls’ Clubs in Murombodzi and Mapangapanga spent International Workers’ Day visiting Gorongosa Park and learning about biodiversity jobs, including a Bio-Education Officer, Tourist Guide, and Apiculture expert.
The girls also had an opportunity to learn about the science department and the Park’s Masters in Conservation Biology Program.
While on safari the girls learned about the the famous yellow acacia tree which elephants love and grows in wetland. They also saw the huge baobab trees and ilala palm trees they know as raw materials for the manufacturing of mats, brooms, baskets and the traditional drink called sura. They saw animals like waterbuck, painted wolves, wartogs, ants, impalas and even birds like the marabou.
The girls were accompanied by their sponsors and God Mothers who are helping the girls to develop their skills of literacy, numeracy and other life skills, including the right to stay in school.
To finish the day, the group traveled to Gorongosa Village to tour the Honey Processing Factory. While there, the Girl’s Clumb learned about beekeeping and how the Park is working to improve wildlife / human coexistence by placing beehives along the crossings so elephants do not cross into the communities.