Mangochi Forest Reserve

A critical ecological catchment that serves as an important dispersal area for elephants and other species for this region in Malawi

Mangochi Forest Reserve is 320 km2 and contiguous with Liwonde National Park which spans 548km2. It is a critical ecological catchment, and serves as an important dispersal area for elephants and other species for this region in Malawi. Mangochi is the fifteenth park in Africa and the fourth park in Malawi to be brought under the management of African Parks. Ecologically-linked to Liwonde, Mangochi is critical to the long-term conservation of the entire landscape and expands African Parks’ management by 60% in this area.

Mangochi Forest Reserve has experienced declines in its mammal populations. In spite of this, its biodiversity, intact forest, size and connectivity to Liwonde and northern Mozambique are extremely valuable for conservation in the country. Currently, the reserve is still home to a small population of elephant, a breeding population of leopard and uniquely occurring bird and butterfly species, and, given adequate protection, is a crucial ecological extension of Liwonde.

The long-term vision for the Liwonde and Mangochi complex is to establish comprehensive protection of the full area, further develop tourism infrastructure, and increase revenue generation and associated employment to ensure that these places persist long into the future. The full spectrum of African Parks’ operations in Liwonde, including law enforcement, conservation and habitat management, community engagement and socio-economic development will be extended to Mangochi Forest Reserve in order to achieve this vision.

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