After losing 90% of its large mammal populations during Mozambique’s civil war, Gorongosa National Park today serves as an emblem of ecological rebirth. Extensive wildlife reintroductions and renewed investment in management have changed the trajectory of this biodiverse area. Meanwhile, human development is increasing around the park, and understanding the interactions between growing human and wildlife populations is critical for planning for the future of this dynamic system. We are currently establishing a research program in Gorongosa to examine human-wildlife interactions, including the effects of human settlement and activity on wildlife behavior and distribution.
Group member and photo credits: Kaitlyn Gaynor