Into Africa: The Idaho-Gorongosa Connection

Idahoans love a good comeback story, especially one that involves other Idahoans. Gorongosa National Park, in the African country of Mozambique, is such a story.

Once blessed with thundering herds of wildlife, Gorongosa was ravaged and broken by a brutal civil war that decimated the wildlife and the infrastructure.

The government closed the million acre park… until Idahoan Greg Carr decided to help return Gorongosa to its former glory. A restoration project that big had never been attempted before.

Using $40 million that Carr earned as an entrepreneur, and with a single-minded dedication to his new task, Carr has gathered together a group of Idahoans, with unique skills, to assist in the restoration of Gorongosa. Working with the government of Mozambique, they are attempting not only to return the wildlife back to the park, but to help the impoverished villagers who live around the park.

“We’re trying to do something really challenging at Gorongosa National Park," explained Carr. "We’re taking a park that was completely destroyed in a generation of war. Almost all the animals were killed. The people who live next to the park are some of the poorest people in the world. And we’re dedicating a quarter century of our lives, with the government of Mozambique, to try to restore this park... If we succeed, it’s a wonderful model.”

And so far, they seem to be succeeding.

Idaho Public Television explores the Idaho-Gorongosa connection.

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