Many large animals are in danger of extinction and, because they have substantial effects on their ecosystems, their potential loss has important ramifications. This has lead to conservation and restoration efforts around the world. One example is Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Most large animal populations in Gorongosa were decimated as a result of decades of war. Now, as the park begins to recover, ecologists are devising experiments to understand how the restored ecosystem will be similar to, or different from, the pre-war ecosystem.
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