Mozambique wants to create sanctuary in Maputo reserve

22 August 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 Aug – The Mozambican Tourism Ministry plans to fence of an area of 8,000 hectares to establish a sanctuary in the far south of the Maputo Special Reserve (REM), as part of the measures underway to replace wild species made extinct in the area due to poaching and habitat change, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported Monday.

The proposed sanctuary, which is part of the development of the Libombos cross-border conservation area, will cover the southern area of the Futi Corridor, which recently became a part of the REM.

The new area has capacity to house, in the rainy season, 1,000 wildebeest, and 600 in the dry season.

The creation of the reserved area will increase biological diversity, make it easier to handle wildlife, increase private investment in the tourism sector with the involvement of local communities, as well as creating jobs. (macauhub)