National Geographic

@natgeo 5 months ago
Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | After years of civil war in Mozambique, lions were all but lost in the Zambezi Delta region. In 2018, conservationists, landowners, donors, and the Mozambican government came up with an ambitious plan to add some two million acres to African lions’ range. They identified 24 healthy lions from reserves in South Africa and relocated them to central Mozambique to the Marromeu Game Reserve. In order to keep the genetic mix as wide as possible, the team sourced the lions from various reserves in South Africa and kept them all in a boma in KwaZulu Natal’s Mkhuze Game Reserve for three weeks to complete medical tests. Then they were sedated and put in two private planes for the journey to Mozambique.  Already, 20 cubs have been born since the lions’ release and it is estimated that that the population could grow to as many as 500 within 15 years. I covered this historic undertaking for my recent @natgeo story. Learn more by following @amivitale and reading "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off."
@natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #lions #mozambique #worthmorealive

Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | After years of civil war in Mozambique, lions were all but lost in the Zambezi Delta region. In 2018, conservationists, landowners, donors, and the Mozambican government came up with an ambitious plan to add some two million acres to African lions’ range. They identified 24 healthy lions from reserves in South Africa and relocated them to central Mozambique to the Marromeu Game Reserve. In order to keep the genetic mix as wide as possible, the team sourced the lions from various reserves in South Africa and kept them all in a boma in KwaZulu Natal’s Mkhuze Game Reserve for three weeks to complete medical tests. Then they were sedated and put in two private planes for the journey to Mozambique. Already, 20 cubs have been born since the lions’ release and it is estimated that that the population could grow to as many as 500 within 15 years. I covered this historic undertaking for my recent @natgeo story. Learn more by following @amivitale and reading "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off." @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #lions #mozambique #worthmorealive