Illegal hunting threatens Mozambique National Park

2009-12-28 10:58


ILLEGAL HUNTING is threatening the animal population in

Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, park authorities say.

In a communique, Mateus Muthemba, director of community relations,

says the problem is complex because of the socio-economic values of the local

people, who are used to hunting wild animals.

Park statistics indicate that 3?500 animals such as wild pig and

other smaller animals are killed each year and sold locally.

Gorongosa National Park, in the central Sofala province, is

Mozambique’s biggest animal reserve and attracts thousands of tourists each


At the height of the country’s civil war in the 1980s the park’s

animal population was wiped out by armed forces on both sides.

Rehabilitation of the park began in 1994 and it has since benefited

from relocation of animals from neighbouring South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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