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Mozambique park sees wildlife numbers grow in wake of war

| Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, 8:12 p.m.
In this webcam image taken and supplied by WildCam Gorongosa, buck drink at a watering hole in the Gorongosa National Park, central Mozambique. Lions are getting pregnant and the waterbuck population is soaring at one of Mozambique's main national parks, once the scene of fighting during a civil war whose combatants virtually wiped out the park’s lions, elephants and many other species.
In this webcam image taken and supplied by WildCam Gorongosa, buck drink at a watering hole in the Gorongosa National Park, central Mozambique. Lions are getting pregnant and the waterbuck population is soaring at one of Mozambique's main national parks, once the scene of fighting during a civil war whose combatants virtually wiped out the park’s lions, elephants and many other species.

JOHANNESBURG — Lions are getting pregnant and the waterbuck population is soaring at one of Mozambique's main national parks, once the scene of fighting during a civil war that virtually wiped out the park's lions, elephants and many other species.

The 15-year conflict that killed up to 1 million people ended in 1992. Some former battlefield foes are working together as rangers at Gorongosa National Park, where foreign donors and conservationists helped launch a turnaround.

Still, the park remains vulnerable to poachers and other problems.

There is a lot to see, thanks largely to a 2008 deal in which a nonprofit group founded by American philanthropist Greg Carr pledged at least $1.2 million annually to the restoration of Gorongosa for 20 years. More funding came from European governments, the U.S. Agency for International Development and other donors.

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