Gorongosa Park September 2019 NEWS
New York Times Features Park's Painted Wolves
Award-winning science writer Natalie Angier featured Gorongosa Park’s painted wolves in an August issue of the New York Times’ Science Section.
Angier's full-length feature, "Wild Pups Romp Again in African Paradise" takes the reader on a journey from the first days of reintroduction in 2018 to the birth of two new litters of puppies this year.
“All the pups are doing well,” Bouley reports. “They recently explored mud for the first time - it’s funny to watch how tentative they are, knowing how much their kind actually love water and a good mud bath!”
Shortly after the article appeared in the New York Times, Ms. Bouley announced a third litter of puppies born for a total of 28. One pack - the Gorongosa Pack - has two litters for a total of 18 pups. A second pack - the Cheza Pack - has one litter of 10. The Gorongosa Pack left its den site after a healthy four-month stay and the entire Pack is now mobile.
Ms. Bouley and a team of veterinary scientists are leading the effort to reintroduce painted wolves to Gorongosa Park after a 30-year absence.
"Our Gorongosa" Premiers in Africa; Broadcasts Nationally in Mozambique
“Our Gorongosa: A Park for the People” was shown for the first time in Africa during the Nature, Environment and Wildlife Film Congress held this past summer in Durban, South Africa.
Dominique D'Emille Gonçalves led a question and answer session after the film and received a standing ovation for her work and the successful efforts of her fellow Mozambicans to restore Gorongosa National Park.
The conference premiere was followed a month later by a national television broadcast for "Our Gorongosa in Mozambique.
“Our Gorongosa” is one of the most celebrated wildlife restoration and human development stories in the world.
Gorongosa Exhibit Increases Zoo Boise Visits
-Zoo schedules three Gorongosa Park tours for 2020-
Once the Gorongosa National Park Exhibit opened in July, Zoo Boise's year-to-date visits increased 60 percent, from 30,000 in August of 2018 to 50,000 for August of this year.
The 2.5-acre expansion highlights Zoo Boise's conservation efforts while educating visitors on Park’s efforts to restore the wildlife and aid the people who live nearby.
“We hope this exhibit helps our visitors learn about our efforts to protect and preserve wildlife around the world,” said Doug Holloway, Boise Parks and Recreation director. “Visiting the zoo is more than a family tradition, it’s a conservation action. We're proud of that legacy.”
Conservation funds generated by Zoo Boise admission fees support the wildlife and environmental restoration efforts in Gorongosa National Park.
Zoo Boise also offers guided trips to Gorongosa National Park. Trip participants experience wildlife safaris every day and learn more about the Park's wildlife conservation and human development programs.
The Zoo Boise tours include accommodations for seven days and nights, game drives to see lions, elephants and all the amazing wildlife. Visitors also see the E.O. Wilson Research Lab, visit local communities, and learn about programs are supported by the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund.
Lodging, transport and tours within Africa, and most meals are included. All guests must be 12 years or older.
Scientists from Nine Countries Study Park Primate Behavior
The scientists, students and senior researchers were from prestigious institutions like Université de Montpellier in France, Deutsches Primatenzentrum in Germany, CIBIO in Portugal, CENIEH in Spain, the Jane Goodall Institute in Tanzania, the Eduardo Mondlane University and Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, the University of Oxford and Durham University in the UK, and Harvard University, Duke University, University of Chicago, Miami University, and New York University in the USA.
The group met in the park’s new semi open-air amphitheater, which allowed the students and scientists who were studying primates to hear and see baboons and monkeys during the event.
Gorongosa National Park is seen by many as the “scientific capital of Mozambique,” and for good reason.
Senior researchers and student scientists from 15 different institutions in nine different countries came together in Gorongosa Park during the month of July to study how primates such as baboons and savanna monkeys adapt to complex and ever-changing environments.
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