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Gorongosa National Park


Created during the early twentieth century the Gorogosa National Park has suffered a lot under the revolution and the civil war. Because of heavy poaching and the usage of the animals as food and the selling of ivory for ammunitions funds, the parks Elephant Population fell from 16 000 to 200 and the lions population fell from 1000 to 12. This all meant that all the animals in the reserve were now endangered.

In 1994 when the war stopped only 34 square Kilometres were allocated to the reserve. The damage that had been done was starting to be repaired. In 2007 the Park was expanded to include the nearby mountains and the River that flows throughout the reserve. The Park is now visited by thousands of tourists every year and the animal populations are slowly increasing. Unfortunately the Park still suffers from poaching and the locals trying to claim the land for themselves.