Mozambique’s Niassa Reserve celebrates one year free of elephant poaching events. The last incident was recorded May 17, 2018, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, a New York-based nonprofit that helps the Mozambican government manage the national reserve.
The success is a result of an organized anti-poaching system with dedicated, proper funding and political support. The reserve adopted the plan in early 2018, launching a rapid intervention police force, with strong foot patrols and air response. The reserve is also receiving strong support from the government, with Mozambique’s current president on-board for strict anti-poaching plans.
The Niassa Reserve is in northern Mozambique and is often called one of the last true wilderness areas in Africa. While many parks were ravaged by political unrest and civil war, Niassa has remained untouched. The reserve is home to a large variety of wildlife, including elephants, the critically endangered African Wild Dog, leopards, lions, hyenas, Boehms Zebra, Johnstons Impala and Niassa Wildebeest. There are even legislative moves in the works to further extend the currently 42,000 spare kilometer park.
Source: Siyabona Africa and ABC News