By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: What is happening to parkland in southern Africa?

A: The governments of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique are planning to open the borders of three Southern African parks to create Africa’s largest transfrontier conservation area. Recently, the presidents of these three nations officially opened a new border crossing in a small but significant step toward creating the "world's greatest animal kingdom" -- a huge reserve spanning the three countries.

In future years, the reserve, referred to commonly as the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, will span 14,000 square miles. Titled the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park Initiative, the new park combines South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Mozambique’s Limpopo Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park into a huge ecosystem home to wildlife such as lions, rhinos and elephants.

Experts say the expanded range of this new, larger game reserve would help conservation of threatened animals. It would also ease pressure on the existing Kruger National Park posed by the expanding elephant population.


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