The Cheringoma Plateau on the eastern boundary of Gorongosa National Park is a stronghold of biodiversity and until recently largely unexplored, particularly for large carnivores. In April of 2013 Projecto Leões joined an expedition to document biodiversity on the Plateau. During the survey a team of 15 leading scientists yielded 1,200 species, of which 500 are new to the Park and most are new to Mozambique. Of the 1,200 species at least 10 are new to science.
During the dry season following the expedition, Projecto Leões deployed a camera array on the Cheringoma Plateau and just a few days ago (April 1, 2014) we were able to fly into the area via helicopter to retrieve our data and redeploy cameras.
And we are happy to report a new pride! These photographs of a female with her cubs were snapped in one of the beautiful gorges that flow off the Plateau into the heart of the Park. This represents the first visual confirmation of a lion pride in this sector. This sighting was not to far from where we documented the first hyena in 2012. We have great hope for discovery and conservation of this eastern section of the Park which is the link to the larger Gorongosa-Marromeu lion conservation unit and landscape and the critical scale at which we need to work to conserve large carnivores in Central Mozambique.