Think Like a Scientist: Gorongosa
This video describes a large-scale project to restore the wildlife of Gorongosa National Park. The video highlights the project’s approach of combining traditional conservation biology with solutions for addressing challenges in the community.
Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique was once one of Africa's richest wildlife refuges, but a civil war and illegal poaching pushed Gorongosa’s wildlife populations to near extinction. Today, many animal populations have recovered thanks to a large-scale restoration project started more than 10 years ago by philanthropist Greg Carr. In the video, Carr recalls how he first learned about the park and became committed to restoring and protecting its wildlife. The film also features Princeton University ecologist Robert Pringle, whose research in Gorongosa is helping guide this restoration project. As Pringle explains, the project’s success depends not only on the ability to protect animal and plant species, but also on meeting ongoing challenges of overpopulation and poverty in the area.
This video can be used to provide context and engagement for a variety of resources about Gorongosa National Park.
An audio descriptive version of the film is available via our media player.
Africa, ecosystem restoration, habitat, human impact, Mozambique, wildlife
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AP Biology (2019)
IB Biology (2016)
AP Environmental Science (2020)
IB Environmental Systems and Societies (2017)
1.1, 2.2, 3.4, 8.2
Vision and Change (2009)