This interactive timeline explores the history of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.
Gorongosa National Park began as a hunting reserve and eventually became one of Africa’s richest wildlife refuges. The park has experienced pressures from a civil war, illegal poaching, and logging, and has provided many iconic case studies in conservation biology. The timeline includes key events in the area’s rich history, starting with the earliest human settlements in Mozambique and continuing with important milestones in the establishment and management of Gorongosa National Park. It tracks conservation efforts, wildlife counts, and human population growth through photos, maps, graphs, and other multimedia.
The accompanying worksheets guide students’ exploration from a social science or environmental science perspective.
Student Learning Targets
- Interpret data presented in graphs to make claims about the effects of various events and activities on biodiversity.
- Suggest new approaches for protecting wildlife in the Gorongosa National Park, based on information in the timeline.
- Describe the key factors that led to the success of the Gorongosa Restoration Project, using evidence from the timeline.
- Find and describe additional examples of civil wars around the world causing environmental destruction.
bioblitz, biodiversity, civil war, community education, elephant, lion, reserve, restoration, wildlife corridor, wildlife survey
HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-ESS3-4
AP Biology (2019)
ENE-4.A, ENE-4.B, ENE-4.C, SYI-1.G, SYI-1.H, SYI-2.B; SP1
IB Biology (2016)
C.1, C.3, C.4, C.5
AP Environmental Science (2020)
Topic(s): 2.1, 9.9, 9.10
Learning Objectives & Practices: ERT-2.A, EIN-4.B, EIN-4.C, SP1, SP7
IB Environmental Systems and Societies (2017)
1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 3.4, 8.2
Common Core (2010)
Vision and Change (2009)