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Location: Matabeleland North ProvinceMap

Area: 14,651 km²

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Hwange National Park

 

Hwange National Park is a protected area in Matabeleland North Province of Zimbabwe. It was dedicated as a national park in 1961 from a Game reserve that was formed here earlier in 1928. Hwange National Park is a protected bio reserve that covers a total area of 14,651 km². It is one of the largest such areas in the country. Hwange National Park is inhabited by numerous herds of antelopes, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, hyenas and many other inhabitants. Hunting in the protected bio reserve is strictly prohibited although there is always a threat of poaching by the local population that try to make ends meet. Elephants are particularly threatened as their ivory is still valued for its esthetic appearance. In addition to large mammals Hwange National Park is inhabited by dozens of species of reptiles and over 400 species of birds. Hwange National Park contains several campsites on its territory reserved for the tourists who want to spend a night here.

 

The park houses 105 species of mammals, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. All Zimbabwean protected species can be found in Hwange, and it is the only protected area where there are African antelopes and brown hyenas in reasonable numbers. The population of African wild dogs in Hwange is believed to be one of the largest groups in Africa today .

The elephants have been hugely successful in Hwange and the population far exceeded what the area can maintain. Lately there have been several consecutive years of drought, so the population of elephants has put a lot of pressure on park resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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