MAPUTO, The wildlife sanctuary in the Zinave National Park in the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane is being expanded to house more species and stimulate their reproduction.

The park covers 725,000 hectares, and within it the wildlife sanctuary operates over an area of 6,000 hectares where animals are protected by fencing. Under the current expansion plans, the sanctuary will grow to cover an area of 18,000 hectares, says the park’s administrator, Antonio Abacar.

He explained that the expansion, which is being sponsored by the Peace Parks Foundation, aims to maximise the use of the area’s resources such as water and vegetation. With the expansion, the sanctuary will include a forest and its own lake.

Within five years, the work that has been carried out in co-operation with the Peace Parks Foundation will be more visible, Abacar told journalists during a ceremony to mark the arrival of another batch of waterbucks and buffaloes from the Gorongosa National Park and the Marromeu National Reserve.

He admitted that the park still needed to improve some aspects so that it can attract more tourists, but stated, the priority is to have wildlife and flora of an acceptable quality and then the tourist camps will come.

He pointed out that the park has already received 340 waterbuck from Gorongosa and will soon get another sixty. He added that a hundred reedbuck are to be supplied by Gorongosa along with 71 buffaloes from Marromeu. Furthermore, the Kruger National Park in South Africa is to supply 50 elephants, as well as wildebeest and zebras.