Expand Gorongosa: A Thriving Sanctuary for Endangered Species

Project Cost: $4,377,798

Funding Raised: $4,201,102

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Nearly one acre of forest is lost every second


Every $1 you donate today to support biodiversity in Mozambique will be matched with $3 through our SAVES Challenge. Your gift will have QUADRUPLE the impact!

Located at the southern end of the Great African Rift Valley, Gorongosa National Park is a conservation treasure that was almost lost forever. Widely recognized as one of the most successful conservation and wildlife rehabilitation efforts in Africa, the park encompasses a mosaic of habitats and a wealth of biodiversity. As outside pressure from poaching and development mount in the region, we need your urgent help to expand protection to this landscape by over 1 million acres.

Rainforest Trust and our local partner, the Gorongosa Restoration Project, are now working to create new protected areas that will encompass tropical rainforests, savanna and grasslands ensuring safety for the wealth of resident biodiversity, including one of the greatest densities of African Buffalo (NT) on the continent, African Wild Dogs (EN), African Savanna Elephants (EN), Lions (VU) and Hippopotamus (VU).
Header Photo: An Endangered African Wild Dog, by Ondrej Prosicky.




White-headed Vulture (CR), White-backed Vulture (CR), Largetooth Sawfish (CR), Green Sawfish (CR), Grey Crowned Crane (EN), Bateleur (EN), African Wild Dog (EN), African Elephant (EN)

(CR)=Critically Endangered, (EN)=Endangered, (NT)=Near Threatened, (LC)=Least Concern


Gorongosa Restoration Project

53,995,571 mT*
*(metric tonnes of CO2 equivalents)


In addition, a new Marine Protected Area and over 50,000 acres of mangroves are a part of this expansive project, protecting vital habitat for the highest concentration of aquatic birds in the country, including the Gray-crowned Crane (EN), the Wattled Crane (VU), Southern Ground-hornbill (VU) and a large colony of Great White Pelicans (LC).

This is a critical step in a long-term vision to enlarge and connect Gorongosa National Park to the Greater Gorongosa-Marromeu Landscape and create a thriving sanctuary for numerous endangered species and provide a vehicle for sustainable rural growth and development.

Your support of this project will also reach the entire planet, storing over 36 million tonnes of carbon in the Earth to stabilize the global climate. Above Photo: Endangered African Savanna Elephants, by Hansen Matthew D.; Below Photo: Deforestation, courtesy of Gorongosa Restoration Project.



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