When we think of a national park, we picture sprawling, green landscapes where animals thrive and nature that takes your break away.
But some national parks have been decimated, taken to the brink of destruction and must fight their way back.
Starting in 1977, a civil conflict between the Mozambican Government and the Mozambique National Resistance, a group funded and trained by neighboring countries, raged throughout the country. Fighting continued within the Gorongosa National Park until 1992.
After the war was over, professional hunters added to the carnage already suffered by the animals. Almost 95 percent of the park’s large animal populations were killed.
While many natural environments have experienced similar loss, what sets Gorongosa apart is its inspiring rebirth.
In one of the most ambitious wilderness restoration projects ever attempted, an international team of scientists and conservationists have assembled to repair Gorongosa National Park.
They must race against time to revive the park and protect the animals amid armed conflict, recruiting nearby villagers to support their efforts.
Experience this unbelievable rebirth through the eyes of an Emmy Award-winning cameraman in Gorongosa: Africa Reborn – Mondays at 7.30pm on Nat Geo WILD