MozParks Foundation was formed by the directors of Sabie Game Park and its associates. The goal was to provide support to the private investors of wildlife conservation areas in their efforts to protect the conservation areas. Investing in conservation areas anywhere in Africa does not come cheap or easy. Responsibilities including anti-poaching and community engagement is a full time job in itself, often taking focus and resources away from properly managing the area as a whole.
Sandy McDonald, RSA
Will Perry, USA
Alex McDonald, RSA
Oyvind Christensen, Norway
Dr. Carlos Pereira, Mozambique
Col. Lionel Dyck, RSA
Fernando Paulina Chicolowe, Mozambique
Dr. Joao Almeida, Portugal
George Boyce, USA
DAG Team, Mozambique
Mozambique was formally known as “Portuguese East Africa”. It was considered a Portuguese Province abroad which later became an independent country in June 25th1975 where after the country was torn again by civil war in a struggle for power. Finally, in 1992, a peace agreement was signed between the two major warring parties Frelimo and Renamo followed by a democratic election which was won by Frelimo. Today the country is at peace, welcoming major foreign investment and subject to economic growth.
As a result of poverty, and the need to fund soldiers and feed locals, natural resources that were readily available during the wars were harvested in great numbers and traded with. This led to a large decline, even complete non existence of many species in the country. Thanks to political will, education in rural regions and conservation efforts from the private sector, the presence of wildlife in the country has grown dramatically.
Generally speaking, the people of Mozambique are humble and friendly. Despite the country’s economic growth and development since the wars, it is estimated that 65% of the inhabitants of Mozambique still live in rural areas. This means that outside of city hubs much of their wealth is dependent on natural recourses, which if not managed properly are at risk of depletion.