17 August 2017
From 2010 to 2016, 1 701 animals were translocated to the reserve in a multi-year endeavour supported by the governments of Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa, conservation agency Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, and organisations Peace Parks Foundation and the World Bank.
The wildlife species translocated since 2010 have been increasing steadily. This is thanks to the sterling work by conservation managers, field rangers and communities protecting the animals.
At the end of September last year, an aerial census was conducted to determine the status of the large herbivore species in Maputo Special Reserve. The census estimated 6 231 animals in the reserve.
Peace Parks Foundation CEO Werner Myburgh remarked: “Maputo Special Reserve and its coastline, Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, are set to become major tourist destinations thanks to a new tarred road and bridge that will cut travel time from Maputo to the reserves to just 45 minutes.”
Maputo Special Reserve is one of the most scenic conservation areas in Africa with numerous freshwater inland lakes, coastal dune closed canopy forests and large open plains.
By adding another 2 300 animals to reserve this year, it will completely transform this conservation area into a sought after wildlife destination. The next step will be to start investing into more tourism infrastructure.
- With grateful acknowledgement of World Bank and Mozbio for their continued support.
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13 May 2015A transfrontier conservation success story: first phase of wildlife translocations concluded
This month will see the conclusion of the first phase of wildlife translocations to Mozambique’s Maputo Special Reserve with the introduction of 98 zebra and 117 blue wildebeest.read more