How to Restart and Conserve an Ecosystem

September 18, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

How to Restart an Ecosystem
By Gregg Carr, September 17th, 2015

When I first flew over Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park in March, 2004, I saw a lush, Eden-like landscape. But I couldn’t pick out a single animal.

In the 1960s, the park’s large fauna population was one of the densest and most diverse in Africa, earning Gorongosa the slogan “The place where Noah left the Ark.” Tragically, poachers killed more than 90 percent of these animals during three decades of war, which ended in the early 1990s. The result was the empty landscape I saw from the helicopter.

We landed at what remained of the main camp, and amazingly enough there was a guestbook there from 20 or 30 years ago. I added an entry, “This could be a magnificent park again, it just needs a little help!”

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