Team STS Translocate 72 Wildebeest to Zinave National Park
The Zinave National Park in the Inhambane Province (Mozambique), is part of a series of actions in a groundbreaking reintroduction of animals. These actions aim to rehabilitate one of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse National parks in the country.
The Brief History
Zinave National Park boasts an excellent wildlife habitat. A wide diversity of animals live here. In 1962, the area was initially declared a hunting concession. Following this, in 1972, the area became a national park. More specifically, it conserves important species such as Giraffe. Mozambique was where this exclusively and historically occurred. The park has incredible trees and grass (over 240 species) diversity. Additionally, it has countless large and impressive tree specimens. The ‘sense of place’ of Zinave is truly something to experience.
Unfortunately, the protracted civil war from 1980 to 1992 led to the loss of several of the large mammal species. This includes Giraffe that were emblematic of this national park. As part of a restocking exercise, a variety of species, including Giraffe, were introduced from several locations. However, the area requires many more animals to restore the park to its former glory.
Translocating the Wildebeest
From the South African border, STS travelled with the animals all the way to Zinave. Prior to the transportation, STS assessed all animals. The vets deem the animals healthy and so tranquillise them ready for the journey. Therefore, minimising losses over the 35-hour drive.
Well managed and functional National parks are extremely important for the global conservation efforts. They also provide space and a safe haven to a large number of important species. They also provide an opportunity for local people and communities to improve their lives through job creation and economic growth, driven by tourism. This is in areas that otherwise, would have very little chances of being developed.
Please visit Peace Parks Foundation to learn more about the exciting conservation initiatives taking place in Mozambique.
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