Gorongosa Park opens new environmental laboratory.

Scientists, students and interns are already planning new experiments with plants and insects for Gorongosa Park’s newly built Environmental Laboratory. 

João Matos Fernandes, Portugal’s Minister of Environment and Climate Action, said his country is proud to be part of the effort.

The lab, financed by the Government of Portugal, will allow scientists to study animals and live plants in environmental conditions. Examples include researching the eco-located flight of bats, breeding and learning how caterpillars become adult moths and butterflies, and processing plant and soil samples and identifying animals. 

The lab officially opened Sept. 17 with a traditional ceremony by the Chitengo Family, followed by comments from João Matos Fernandes, Portugal’s Minister of Environment and Climate Action, who said his country is proud to be part of the effort.

The Chitengo Family conducts a traditional ceremony, thanking the spirits for allowing construction of the Gorongosa Environmental Lab to go well.

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