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Mozambique boasts three separate biodiversity hotspots, one of Africa’s longest coastlines, and more mangroves than any other country on the continent, aside from Nigeria. Half of the country is forested, but there are also grasslands, wetlands, mountains, plateaus, coral reefs and seagrass meadows, as well as Lake Malawi (home to more fish species than any other lake in the world).

6,000 species of plant are found here, over 330 of which are endemic. The list of fauna includes 726 bird species, 171 reptile species, 85 amphibian species, and many of Africa’s most famous large mammals. The latter in particular were devastated during the Mozambican Civil War of 1977-1992, but in the years since, government efforts to protect biodiversity and the success of projects like Gorongosa National Park promise good things for the people and wildlife of Mozambique.


WLT’s first project in Mozambique will complement the already stellar restoration work that has been done by the Gorongosa Project. Together we will be establishing a new reserve to enhance connectivity for wildlife in the wider Gorongosa landscape, in an area of miombo woodland that has suffered widespread deforestation and degradation. As many as 20 IUCN Red List species stand to benefit from the project, including three Critically Endangered vultures.


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LOFE Reserve

A former timber concession, this 29,600-acre (12,000 ha) area was fully acquired by Gorongosa Project in March 2022, with funding from World Land Trust (WLT). Our partner is now consulting with local communities to develop a sustainable development and management plan which will also be funded by WLT.

Situated around 35km to the east of Gorongosa National Park, the reserve contains miombo woodland that offers vital connectivity for wildlife in the wider Gorongosa landscape. It will also form a key part of our partner’s ‘Mountains to Mangroves’ landscape corridor. There is strong potential here to restore biodiversity to historically healthy levels – something Gorongosa Project has proven adept at.

The project area falls within a Key Biodiversity Area that harbours a significant number of rare, endemic, and threatened species, including Painted Dog (Endangered), African Lion and African Leopard (Vulnerable), Zambezi Flapshell Turtle (Endangered) and White-headed Vulture (Critically Endangered).

Key species protected by WLT projects


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