On 18, 19 and 20 of May, Gilé National Park has been busy preparing for one of the most important operations of the year: the translocation of 200 buffaloes from the Marromeu National Reserve to Gilé National Park. The operation is foreseen between August and September and will take a 26-hour journey by truck.
The recent visit was aimed at checking the condition of the tracks and infrastructure so that the reintroduction, financed mainly by the European Union (€276,000), can be successfully completed, as well as identifying release sites.
In recent decades, the buffalo had completely disappeared from Gilé area due to poaching. After 3 translocations in 2012, 2013 and 2018, the population is now estimated at 150 individuals. A true success story. This fourth translocation, known as ‘reinforcement’, will double the buffalo population in GNAP.
Gilé National Park (GNAP) is a Mozambican Park located in the north-eastern part of Zambezia Province.