Boise to Gorongosa

  • Talking about Gorongosa

    Posted by Katherine Jones on September 28, 2014

    Video interviews with key people in the Gorongosa Restoration Project, including Greg Carr and a lion researcher, along with Steve Burns and visitors from Zoo Boise.


  • Taking home a part of Gorongosa

    Posted by Katherine Jones on August 12, 2014

    Our sundowner and bush dinner under a full moon on a bluff over the Mussicadzi River.

    The Statesman's Katherine Jones, wrapping up a trip to Mozambique with Zoo Boise representatives, writes she "will miss a lot of things as I leave Gorongosa."


  • Gorongosa wildlife conservation starts with people

    Posted by Katherine Jones on August 11, 2014

    Children cared for by Baltazar Bongesse, a respected community leader. His field has been turned into a very productive showcase model garden, including an orchard, aquaculture and forestry plot.

    “If wildlife conservation is 50 miles, you go about four feet before you realize it’s not just about animals,” says Steve Burns, director of Zoo Boise.


  • Boise to Gorongosa blog: Park landscape on a more intimate level

    Posted by Katherine Jones on August 10, 2014

    Lilac-breasted roller.

    The rhythm of our days has fallen into a morning drive to look for animals, which takes us to lunch; and then a late afternoon-into-sunset safari drive. This morning, instead of driving, we walked.


  • Boise to Gorongosa blog: Lion researchers

    Posted by Katherine Jones on August 9, 2014

    Lilac-breasted roller.

    We stop at the gate of the fence that surrounds Chitengo Camp. The guard counts us, records it in a book, gives the driver a pass that must be returned at the end of the day, and opens the gate. We are on safari again.


  • Seeing Zoo Boise contributions in action: kids and zebras

    Posted by Katherine Jones on August 8, 2014

    Linda Matias, center, and Jacinta Armando, left, play a learning game that shows how parts of nature are connected, symbolized by the colored strings. They're part of a school enviro-club, one of those sponsored by Zoo Boise, and are attending a four-day environmental camp at Gorongosa's Community Education Center.

    A raucous group of 24 kids played a game of “batata quente,” which would be “hot potato,” easy enough to figure out without speaking Portuguese. The one left with the ball — when the teacher stopped singing — laughed with the guilt of being caught red-handed and scooted out of the circle.


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