The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is engaged in a public-private partnership to support educational activities and infrastructure development at the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.

The Gorongosa Restoration Project (GRP) is a U.S. philanthropy that has led extraordinary efforts to restore Gorongosa National Park over the last ten years. The GRP has been on the frontlines in combatting the loss of biodiversity – one of most important biological and environmental issues in the world today.

Gorongosa National Park and its buffer zone cover about 10,000 square kilometers in the Great African Rift Valley in central Mozambique. Although Mozambique achieved independence from Portugal in 1975, the ensuing civil war took a toll on the country and Gorongosa. In 2008, the government of Mozambique signed a 20-year public-private partnership with the GRP, a nonprofit organization formed by the Carr Foundation.

During the last ten years, the GRP has assisted local farmers, built health clinics and schools, rebuilt Park infrastructure, hired and trained rangers, reintroduced species to the ecosystem, and reestablished a tourism industry in Gorongosa. In 2014, the GRP celebrated another milestone with the inauguration of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory, which is poised to greatly increase both research in the Park and science education for Mozambican students.

HHMI funding supports personnel, new educational programs, and classroom infrastructure at the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory in the Park. These efforts will build vital science capacity for managing the Park’s and Mozambique’s extensive biodiversity resources, and are an investment in the development of scientific literacy among future generations of Mozambique citizens.   

Gorongosa elephant