The perilous 1,000-mile journey to save Africa’s endangered black rhinos
28 Oct 2022
The development of two of Malawi’s ecologically-crucial wilderness areas, Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve, is progressing in leaps and bounds. The country’s Minister for Tourism, Culture and Wildlife, Hon Dr. Michael Usi visited the parks recently to experience first-hand a range of crucial projects that are being implemented to address water security, housing, mitigation of human-wildlife conflict and environmental conservation.
The milestone reintroduction of four cheetahs into Maputo Special Reserve has reached a triumphant conclusion, as the majestic cats bounded their way into their 104 200 hectare new home on 22 October. This followed three weeks of acclimatising in bomas in the reserve. The cheetahs will now take their rightful place in the ecosystem, where they will play an important role in ensuring ecological equilibrium.
Cheetahs will soon grace the wildlife-rich plains of Maputo Special Reserve in southern Mozambique for the first time since the 1960s.
The anti-poaching team in Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve (PPMR) recently launched a new twin-engined boat, provided by The World Bank funded MozBio programme, which will further enhance law enforcement activities in this resplendent and ecologically crucial marine protected area.
Peace Parks Foundation is mourning the passing of a true giant in southern African conservation and a deeply respected former colleague, Mr Sedia Modise, who was a pioneering figure in the formalisation of transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) across the region.
In another victory for cross-border conservation, a series of successful wildlife translocations saw 27 Zebra and 62 blue wildebeest safely making the 1 250 km journey from Kruger National Park in South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique.
A joint operation by rangers from Banhine and Limpopo national parks in Mozambique has dealt a major blow to illegal charcoaling in Banhine, with the clearing of 28 charcoaling camps found by the counter-poaching unit in the 700 000 hectare conservation area.