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Gorongosa: Rich in Biodiversity

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In part because of its different elevations, Gorongosa Park is rich in biodiversity.

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The golden banded forester, (Euphaedra Nephron) rests at the bottom of a limestone gorge in Gorongosa National Park.

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Trees along Lake Urema in Gorongosa National Park.

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Impatiens greet the morning sun in an open meadow between the forests on the top of Gorongosa Mountain.

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Helichrysum flowers (everlastings) on the top of Gorongosa Mountain, where meadows of grasses and sedges are sprinked with flowers.

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Dissotis princepts, an indigenous relative to the Tibouchina. a popular flowering tree found in many gardens.

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On the lower slopes of Gorongosa Mountain, Pycnostachys Urticifolia (the Hedghog Flower) stands proudly above the grasslands.

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Hippos are once again common in Gorongosa.

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An impala stands guard in front of a termite mound.

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An old male elephant in the north of the park. Of the approximately 2200 elephants living in Gorongosa National Park in 1972, fewer than 250 survived the war.

Although most of the animals are gone, Gorongosa is still rich in biodiversity. The park sits at the end of the Great Rift Valley, in the trough between the Cheringoma Escarpment and the long, flat-topped Gorongosa Mountain.