In the 1960s, Gorongosa National Park was the premier national park and a major tourist destination due to its abundance of wildlife. Decades of war and poaching decimated large animal populations, but the habitat remained largely intact. The government of Mozambique and the Gorongosa Restoration Project, a nonprofit organization, formed a partnership to restore the park’s ecosystem, revive tourism, and support local communities. A key component of this project is the use of science to inform conservation decisions and aid in the recovery of animal populations.
In this lesson you will learn about the history of Gorongosa National Park and the ongoing restoration effort through readings and videos. Complete the assignments below, then click “Next” to move on to lesson three.
• Read Unit 7, pages 152-154 of E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth iBook. Watch movie 41.1 as part of this reading assignment.
• Read Unit 7, pages 178-183 of E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth iBook. Watch movies 41.3 and 41.4 as part of this assignment.
• Explore the Gorongosa Timeline and download and complete the Gorongosa Timeline worksheet.