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  1. While looking for other information on the web I came across this report on the translocation of seven elephants from South Africa to Zinave NP in Mozambique. First Elephant Translocated to Zinave National Park, Mozambique Zinave NP is north-east of Kruger NP and directly east of Gonarezhou NP in Zimbabwe it doesn’t actually adjoin either of these two parks but with them it is along with Banhine NP and Limpopo NP part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area. During Mozambique’s civil war it seems that almost all of the large game was wiped out in Zinave so it’s great to see that animals are now being reintroduced. Already zebra, wildebeest and giraffes have been brought in from Kruger in 2012 and 13 and the plan is to move more animals to Zinave in the future from Kruger and also some from Gorongosa NP further north. In Gorongosa some of the animals that survived the war and didn’t need restocking like common waterbuck are now extremely common so the park is a good source for these animals to restock Zinave. All of the animals are initially being released into a fenced sanctuary. Zinave should be able to provide a home for 2000 elephants so I have no doubt that plenty more elephants will be moved to the park in time. With so much depressing news about wildlife being reported it’s great to see so positive news for a change Here’s another interesting article on the park Finding refuge: The untapped potential of Mozambique's Banhine and Zinave Unfortunately it seems that re-establishing a wildlife corridor between Zinave and Gonarezhou may prove difficult but it would be good if some way could be found to allow animals to move around between parks as they did in the past. Remarkably surveys of wildlife in Limpopo and Banhine NPs found WILDLIFE DIVERSITY IN LIMPOPO NATIONAL PARK Click on the map in the article on the Peace Parks Foundation website to see the location of these parks.
  2. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/more-than-7-500-animals-ready-for-african-animal-ark-operation-20170619 http://clubofmozambique.com/news/from-zimbabwe-to-mozambique-more-than-7-500-animals-ready-for-african-animal-ark-operation/ ~ This June, 2017 news article from South Africa's News 24 explains the preparations made to relocate more than 6,000 animals from Zimbabwe's Savé Valley Conservancy to Mozambique's Zinave National Park. Sponsored by the Peace Parks Foundation, German entrepreneur Wilfried Pabst is donating the 6,000 animals over the next three years. The foundation will fund the relocation costs. The long-term plan is to establish a high density wildlife area within Zinave National Park.
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/radical-conservation/2017/jun/19/rewilding-mozambique-trophy-hunting-elephants-giraffe-poaching-zimbabwe-sango-save-zinave ~ This June, 2017 article in the U.K. Guardian explains how high fee trophy hunting in Zimbabwe's Sango Wildlife Conservancy is partially funding the transfer of 6,000 animals to Mozambique's Zinave National Park. German entrepreneur Wilfried Pabst is donating the animals from Sango, which is located within the Savé Valley Conservancy in eastern Zimbabwe.
  4. A recent article from National Geographic highlighted the fact that the World Bank has earmarked funds for Mozambique towards trophy hunting of lions and elephants - with a a use it or lose it clause. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/150708-trophy-hunting-poaching-elephants-lions-rhinos-africa/ Personally I find this a monumentally stupid decision, and not because it's trophy hunting, but the fact is that these are species that are critically close to becoming endangered and extinct. Also, Mozambique suffers heavily from poaching - and their wildlife was close to being wiped out during the civil war, and its only recently that these areas have been recovering. They don't even have large populations of elephant and lions that could justify a hunting for conservation, or culling argument. It would be nice to hear from others, possibly more educated on this matter than me, on whether this strategy make sens or not - its completely incomprehensible to me.
  5. To expand our 'Baboon PhotoMap' (more information on http://www.wildsolutions.nl/photography/photomap/) we are looking for baboon photographs from Southern Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi and DRC. If you happen to have baboon images from this region which you are willing to share, please send a copy to wildsolutions@gmail.com together with your full name (so that we can acknowledge you accordingly) and the coordinates or a detailed locality description of your record. Thank you very much for your help! Yvonne​ ​​ Yvonne A. de Jong, PhD Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program P.O. Box 149, Nanyuki 10400, Kenya wildsolutions@gmail.com, www.wildsolutions.nl Yellow baboon (Papio cynocephalus) at Diani, south coast of Kenya. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski, wildsolutions.nl
  6. I was waiting for such a news, it is clear that with such an amount of meat available, lions have plenty of food and thus conflicts between the clans are lower than usual. According to experts working in Niassa, the lion population increased due to elephant poaching, a new estimate will be done this year. I guess lions in Selous and Ruaha landscapes are thriving, but when elephants will be extirpated or either poaching controlled, the population will likely go back to the carrying capacity of these ecosystems. http://africageographic.com/blog/niassa-lions-benefit-elephant-poaching/
  7. http://news.yahoo.com/lions-benefit-elephant-poaching-mozambique-park-134657625.html This article from the Associated Press explains that Mozambique's Niassa National Reserve has had a substantial increase in the lion population. Conservationist Colleen Begg of the Niassa Carnivore Project said the the increased number of lions is partly due to a surge in elephant carcasses as a result of severe poaching for ivory.
  8. http://news.yahoo.com/mozambique-burns-seized-ivory-rhino-horn-anti-poaching-073500989.html;_ylt=AwrXgSKmQJ1VJzwABhDQtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByc3RzMXFjBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwM0BHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg-- This article from Reuters quotes the Wildlife Conservation Society as stating that Mozambique's authorities burned 2,400 kilograms of ivory and 193 kilograms of rhino horn. Mozambique's environment minister said that the action indicated that Mozambique will not tolerate poachers.
  9. Hi all, I am looking for some information on a self-drive trip to Mozambique. More specifically to areas like Niassa and the Zambezi Delta. I see that a lot of the areas are hunting concessions but was wondering if there were any good camping spots/self drive routes to do. What the game viewing is like in August/September time in comparison with other areas. What the conditions are like to get to these places and what the costs are like? Your help is much appreciated!
  10. I bumped into this wonderful video, made of various footage shot by film-maker Bob Poole - whom I met in Gorongosa during my visit there in September 2011 -, who is also the brother of the founder of "Elephant Voices", Joyce. Truly some stunning images, that really make you hope as hard as you can that the recent political turmoil in central Mozambique settles down very soon. (@Safaridude: watch for those Sable at around 4.20....)
  11. very sad http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32887688 and a more detailed article in The Guardian
  12. I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this. This is an interesting documentary that addresses the issues from both sides. It raises points that are often lost in the usual Greed and poverty arguments, which can be controversial as well but it definitely puts a different perspective on this very difficult subject. The documentary is done by BBC News. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=padJKnNkgKg
  13. This video is, in my view, absolutely a must watch. Work done by the @@Colleen Begg and the team at Niassa Lion Project is so amazing and inspiring. Incidentally, Dr. Begg's thoughts about the value of protecting wilderness, and the equal dignity of different species mirrors my own, totally uneducated, convictions.
  14. Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg, via Mozambique. That was the plan. After a short visit to Tanzania’s beguiling Selous National Park, Pat, Alex and I would drive the length of Mozambique and take a look at Gorongoza National Park. Before the civil war, Gorongoza had been one of the premier game reserves in southern Africa, but the war had left is decimated. We’d heard it was being re-instated and were keen to see it. Along the way we would visit Ibo Island and check out a few of the beaches we had heard so many people rave about. But before we could do any of that we had to cross from Tanzania into Mozambique The border between Tanzania and Mozambique is, unlike many other borders in Africa, impossible to miss. It is marked by the wide expanse of the Ruvumu river. Ruvumu River, from the Tanzanian side Up until recently it would have been a straightforward matter to cross over; just drive down Mtwara and board the ferry. Except that it had sunk a couple of years earlier and never been replaced. We knew this. We also knew that a brand new ‘Unity’ bridge had been built across the river at Negomano, around 300km to the west. Unfortunately we couldn’t find anyone who could confirm to us that it was officially open for use and we didn’t want to drive all that way, just to drive back again. There was another option. We had heard that if you got to the Ruvumu river at Mwambo, there was some kind of makeshift local ferry that other travellers had used before. We decided that was what we would do. Leaving Tanzania We broke camp early and made sure we were at the Mwambo border post by 7am. It took 2 hours of arguing and wrangling with border and customs officials before they would stamp us out of Tanzania. They repeatedly told us that either the ferry we wanted did not exist or that it was far too dangerous for them to allow foreigners to use it. They told us that if it sank, we would lose everything, including possibly our lives, and they would have to deal with the mess. By now we weren’t really hearing any of the things they were saying to us, all that mattered was winning the argument and getting our on way. Eventually they stamped our passports and let us through. We drove down to the river aware that we were now in no-mans land. We’d officially left Tanzania but were still in the country. Though the wide sandy river looked beautiful, there was nothing that even vaguely resembled a ferry, let alone something that could transport a 2 ton Land Cruiser across the river. L – Doesn’t look like an international port … R – Let’s build a ferry We were soon mobbed by locals who obviously knew what we wanted, and knew that they were in a strong bargaining position. Eventually a price was agreed and our new captain departed – we assumed to get his ferry. We waited expectantly – and anxiously – for our ferry to appear. After about half an hour there still didn’t appear to be much happening so we tried to find out what was causing the delay. It was low tide, we were told, and there was no way we could cross until the tide was almost full. More people began arriving. Truckloads of sacks containing grain and rice were unloaded and stacked on the riverbank. Eventually – finally! – we started to see some action. It didn’t inspire confidence. One of the guys got into a small wooden boat and paddled over to where half a dozen other small boats were tied up on a sandbank. He jumped into one of the boats and began bailing out water. Trust us, It’ll be fine. We’ve done it before Honest. At the same time another guy approached our vehicle with a ball of twine. Using his twine he measured the length and width of our Land Cruiser. Men started arriving with long poles which they dumped on the shore. As the pile grew, others selected poles and began lashing them together with more of the same twine. By now 3 small wooden boats had been tied together at the riverbank and more wooden poles were being lashed down across them. Starting to look like a ferry? Not. We could now clearly see the kind of transport that was being constructed for us and once again debated whether or not we would actually trust it to carry us to the other side without mishap. Alex reached for another beer. It was his Land Cruiser. As the water level rose steadily the sacks were moved from the shore onto boats; stacked higher and higher until water lapped at the gunwales, then people clambered on top of the sacks and the boats departed. Our time was fast approaching. A tiny outboard motor was attached to the back of one of the three boats making up our ferry and it was taken for a test drive. L – taking her for a test drive … The moment of truth Alarmingly, the feeble motor struggled to make headway against the current, even without the extra weight of our cargo. A crowd had gathered and people jostled for position as the time came for us to leave the safety of solid ground. The timbers creaked and the boat lurched as Alex inched his 2 ton Cruiser up the ramps. We climbed aboard to join him and the ropes were cast off. L – All aboard … R – First sight of Mozambique. We made it! The current carried us backwards as the motor coughed and spluttered into life; then slowly it began to push us through the water. No sooner had we begun moving than men squatted down in each of the hulls with pails and began furiously bailing out water. Trying not to let this worry us too much we gazed steadfastly forwards, watching the Mozambiquan shore get ever closer. Remarkably we made it and managed to drive off our ferry and into Mozambique without even getting the tyres wet. Our next task was to find a customs post so we could officially enter the country. Postscript No sooner had we arrived in Mozambique than we met someone who told us the new ‘Unity’ bridge was open and functioning. Apparently even with the long round trip drive it would still have been quicke than building our own ferry. And a lot cheaper too, no doubt. We’ll use the bridge next time. This time though we’ll treasure our border crossing as an unforgettable African experience.

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